The Orion

Drought depletes dam energy production

Jana Frazier, an Oroville Dam tour guide, explains how the hydroelectric turbines work.Photo credit: Chelsea Jeffers

Yessenia Funes

March 1, 2014

The ongoing drought has kept Lake Oroville nearly 20 percent below its average capacity for this time, according to the Department of Water Resources' website, causing its power plant to produce only half the electricity it should be. People don't use much power during the winter, so this ener...

Ranchers sell animals to survive drought

Kurt Albrecht, co-owner of Chaffin Family Orchards, inspects a dietary mineral supplement used by his herd. This group of about 40 Angus cattle will have to be moved to another side of the property soon to prevent overgrazing.Photo credit: Nicholas Carr

Yessenia Funes

February 18, 2014

Because of persistent drought conditions, local ranchers have been selling parts of their animal herds to reduce the number of mouths to feed. The animals need grass to eat, but the drought has kept grass from growing, said Christine Hantelman, co-owner of Wookey Ranch. The ranchers protect their land by sell...

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