California doesn’t want this towering water project. Trump administration may build it anyway

Los Angeles Times » The Trump administration is pushing forward with a colossal public works project in Northern California — heightening the towering Shasta Dam the equivalent of nearly two stories. The problem is that California is dead-set against the plan, and state law prohibits the 602-foot New Deal-era structure from getting any taller.

2018-03-20T07:46:42+00:00 March 15th, 2018|California, Dams, Trump & Infrastructure|

DWR submits plans to address Oroville Dam forensic report

Oroville Mercury Register » The state Department of Water Resources submitted a plan to address flaws pointed out by an independent report in  January. DWR has also hired two executive-level engineers — one to report to the director and one to report to the chief dam safety engineer.

2018-03-14T15:15:39+00:00 March 13th, 2018|California, Dams, Oroville Dam|

Cape interventions drive down water consumption

Infrastructure News » Water consumption in the City of Cape Town has dropped to just over 500 million litres a day this year, a promising sign for the drought plagued city.

2018-03-05T10:16:55+00:00 March 2nd, 2018|Dams, Drinking Water, South Africa, Water|

Governor Brown signs dam inspection bill prompted by Oroville scare

The Sacramento Bee » Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation that would tighten dam inspection standards following last year’s near catastrophe at Oroville Dam. On Monday, Brown signed Assembly Bill 1270. The bill codifies practices that state dam officials already were largely doing, but that the state’s Water Code only required they perform “from time to time.”

2018-02-27T14:39:50+00:00 February 26th, 2018|California, Dams, Oroville Dam|

Cape Town is still running out of water, just not as fast as the city thought it would

Quartz » Cape Town announced on Feb. 21 that it would be pushing back its dreaded “Day Zero” by a month, from June 4 to July 9, thanks to a lesser-than-expected drop in water levels over the preceding week. The revised Day-Zero date suggests Cape Town’s recent measure to restrict residents down to 50 liters (13 gallons) of water per day, considered by experts to be the bare minimum for sanitation and survival, seems to be working.

2018-02-27T09:46:49+00:00 February 26th, 2018|Dams, Drinking Water, South Africa, Water|

Oroville Dam: DWR still expects feds to pay bulk of spillway repair costs

The Mercury News » The state Department of Water Resources is still expecting the federal government to pay the bulk of the cost of repairing the Lake Oroville spillways. The estimated cost is up to $870 million, and north state congressmen had indicated the Federal Emergency Management Agency had some doubts whether it could reimburse costs for a redesigned structure.

2018-02-27T13:29:50+00:00 February 22nd, 2018|California, Dams, Oroville Dam|
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