The Feather below Oroville Dam: A Tale of Two Rivers

There couldn’t be more of a contrast between the Feather River last fall during the salmon season and the same river this winter since the Oroville Dam emergency. In early October, the Feather from the Thermalito Afterbay Outlet to the … Continued

The untold story of the Oroville Dam Crisis: the Big Money behind CA water politics

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  In all of the intense media coverage of Oroville Dam spillway fiasco over the past month, the mainstream media haven’t yet discussed the real issue behind the disaster: corporate control of California water politics. The reason why state officials and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission … Continued

Jerry Brown seeks $437 million for flood control in wake of Oroville Dam crisis

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Spurred by heavy state, national and international media attention on the Oroville Dam crisis, California Governor Jerry Brown  on February 24 announced a series of “immediate and longer-term actions” to bolster dam safety, improve flood protection and fix the state’s aging … Continued

Oroville spillway crisis exposes absurdity of Jerry Brown’s push for Delta Tunnels

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A day after state officials ordered the evacuation of over 188,000 people from Butte, Yuba and Sutter Counties on February 12, members of the newly-formed Delta Caucus of the California Legislature issued a statement regarding the “hazardous situation” at Oroville Dam after … Continued

Trump administration approves Governor Brown’s disaster relief requests

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Just hours after the Butte County Sheriff reduced the immediate evacuation order of Oroville region residents to an evacuation warning, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today approved both recent gubernatorial requests for federal assistance – one to support the … Continued

Evacuations ordered for areas around Lake Oroville, Freeway jammed with evacuees

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  The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) just issued this updated statement regarding the expected failure of the auxiliary spillway at Oroville Dam in Butte County. The agency noted that “Oroville Dam itself is sound and is a separate … Continued

State officials increase releases into eroded Oroville Dam spillway to 35,000 cfs!

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As the cavity in the Oroville Dam spillway continued to erode, California Department of Water Resources (DWR) staff today ramped up flows down the concrete spillway to 35,000 cubic feet per second after conferring with state and federal dam safety … Continued

Giant cavity opens in Oroville Dam spillway as Jerry Brown focuses on Delta Tunnels

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A 250-foot long cavity opened in the Oroville Dam spillway yesterday as approximately 55,000 cubic feet per second was being released from Lake Oroville into the Feather River downstream. DWR shut the spillway to investigate the rupture on February 7. … Continued