The Orion

Erosion damage on the bottom half of the Oroville Spillway prompted the Department of California Water Resources to reduce the outflow from the lake. Photo courtesy of the Department of California Water Resources.

Two years later, questions about the Oroville Dam Spillway remain unanswered

Natalie Hanson // February 13, 2019

Historic Evacuation On the morning of Feb 12, two years ago, the Oroville Dam had been brimming with overflowing rainwater for days. The surrounding county of Butte and the residents of Oroville had...

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

Drought depletes dam energy production

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...

David Daley, associate dean of College of Agriculture, University Farm administrator, discusses the impact of the water shortage.Photo credit: Yessenia Funes

First-ever zero water allocation affects all

Yessenia Funes // February 10, 2014

The California Department of Water Resources’ State Water Project has completely halted water delivery due to the drought. Water will not be delivered to its 29 public water distributors because...

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