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Oroville to sue state department for dam failure

Oroville to sue the state's water department after damages to the Oroville dam and spillway due to flooding in February. Image courtesy of Department of Water Resources.

Josh Cozine

January 21, 2018

The city of Oroville filed suit against the Department of Water Resources (DWR) for damages, mismanagement and corruption Wednesday. The DWR failed to pay an appropriate amount after the failure of the dam's spillway last year and the resulting damages, according to Oroville City Attorney Scott Huber. ...

New information on Oroville Dam crisis suggests negligence

Documents show Oroville Dam failures. Photo credit: Sean Martens

Cameron O'Brien

September 6, 2017

New forensic report suggests that faulty design and maintenance caused the dam to break earlier this year. Embed from Getty ImagesThe report published by the Oroville Dam Spillway Incident Independent Forensics team specified the causes of the February 7th Oroville Dam malfunction. According to the report, almost every facet of the dam from its construct...

Panel reflects on Oroville Spillway situation

Oroville Dam Panel
Matt Colwell - Left
Dave Steindorf - Right Photo credit: Daniel Wright

Daniel Wright

March 23, 2017

A reflection panel on the Oroville Dam discussed the various factors that led up to the evacuations and the use of the emergency spillway. The event was hosted by the Center for Water and the Environment along with the Department of Civil Engineering student chapter. During the Oroville Dam emergency...

Emergency crews making progress on Spillway

Daniel Wright

February 15, 2017

Embed from Getty ImagesButte County Sheriff Kory Honea, reiterated that the situation at the Oroville Dam continues to be an emergency in Wednesday's press conference.Honea, along with the Director of Water Resources, Bill Croyle, urged the public to prepare for another emergency evacuation if the s...

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...

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