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Geologist from the Oroville Dam offers insight into the field

March 26, 2019

Albert Garrido, a Chico State Alumni with a degree in Geology, shared his work experience of projects he’s been involved with for the past couple of years. Garrido spoke on the specific techniques...

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

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.
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...

Citizens demand safety assessment for Oroville Dam

Genoa Widener (left) hosting a petition signing outside the Oroville Walmart. Many people showed up to show their support including Vice Mayor of Oroville Janet Goodson (right), Feb. 4. Photo courtesy Genoa Widener.
February 14, 2018

A petition to get an independent agency to assess the safety of the Oroville dam has gathered over 3,000 signatures.The city of Oroville recently brought suit against The Department of Water Resources...

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.
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...

Department of Water Resources block public reports on Oroville Dam

Board on Consultants release public information on Oroville Dam incident. Photo credit: Sean Martens
April 25, 2017

Requests of public information on the Oroville Dam incident have been released.Assemblyman James Gallagher and Senator Jim Nielsen, publicly announced their attempts to increase transparency in regards...

Oroville Dam caught in dilemma

Various dump trucks transport rock and other materials to quickly repair the eroded spillways. Photo credit: Cortneanne Campbell
February 21, 2017

  California’s reservoirs are caught in a conflict: water storage or flood prevention. “They are trying to keep the water as high as possible while still doing flood control,” Steven Mehl...

Spillway evacuees tell their stories

Many evacuees received donations from locals including clothing, shoes, and water. Photo credit: Miguel Orozco
February 21, 2017

Caitlyn Richter remembers flashing notifications on her phone that read the Oroville Dam emergency spillway was going to fail within the hour. She was told it was going to fail. Not that it might. An...

More than 50,000 homes could be affected if Oroville Dam fails

February 20, 2017

A new data analysis predicts 15,750 homes in Butte County could be damaged if the Oroville Dam completely failed.The data brief provided by Alexandra Hayes includes the following counties:· Colusa·...

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.
February 14, 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...

Oroville evacuees adjust to life in shelter

Mark Haley reflecting on what's happening in the evacuations Photo credit: George Johnston
February 13, 2017

At least 1,100 people have taken shelter at the Silver Dollar Fairground, according to the American Red Cross. Five buildings have been converted into dorms for incoming evacuees, and volunteers are...

Spillway evacuations continue, federal government involved

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

Artist Talk: Chris Sollars’ DAAAM gallery

Photo credit: Jae Siqueiros
November 6, 2016

  San Francisco based artist Chris Sollars, opened a new exhibit entitled "DAAAM" in the University Art Gallery on Thursday. Students, staff and community members were invited to listen to...

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