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Oroville Spillway crisis sheds light on failing infrastructure

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.

Editorial Board

February 15, 2017

The Oroville Dam situation isn’t a sudden problem, it comes from years of neglect by California Governor Jerry Brown. Brown is not the only person who was responsible for the spill. Yes, he could have payed attention to the 2005 reports about the massive spillway adjacent to the dam, which would ...

Spillway evacuations continue, federal government involved

Evacuees rest in their cots at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds. Photo credit: Miguel Orozco

Jacqueline Morales

February 13, 2017

A press conference for the Oroville Spillway took place today at noon to address continued evacuations and federal involvement in the incident. The evacuation remains in effect and efforts to secure the areas affected are in progress. “We are working on a repopulation plan that will get people...

Wildcats wet their toes with water field trip

Students took a field trip to learn about water usage in California. Photo courtesy of Heather Kirkendal

Amelia Storm and George Johnston

May 3, 2016

Last weekend, 36 students and three faculty members got a firsthand look at water rights and usage all across Northern California. The overnight trip was put on by Eric Houk, a professor in the College of Agriculture, with help from Jennifer Rotnem who works at the Center for Water and Environment. Destinations...

Lake Oroville water level rises to the occasion

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Amelia Storm

March 10, 2016

With sensors recording almost 5 inches of rainfall, Lake Oroville reached peak water levels this week. After being effected severely by the drought, the lake rose more than 20 feet after 3 nights of consistent rainfall. The last time the lake was at this capacity was August 2013, when it was measured a...

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