KCRA » The California Department of Water Resources said it is on track to meet the Nov. 1 deadline for its second phase of construction on the Oroville Dam spillways. Crews have conducted controlled blasts to remove temporary concrete on the primary spillway. Concrete is also being poured on the emergency spillway.
Chico Enterprise-Record » The agency has provided the department with about $139 million for emergency restoration work, including debris removal. FEMA is currently considering DWR’s request of $500 million to repair the main spillway and $75 million to repair the emergency spillway. The department is also seeking reimbursement for damages to Hyatt Powerplant, transmission lines and the Feather River Fish Hatchery.
Chico Enterprise-Record » A bill proposed by Assemblyman James Gallagher which would take the State Water Project out of the hands of the state Department of Water Resources passed unanimously on Tuesday through a legislative committee. Assembly Bill 3045 passed 15-0 through the Assembly Water, Parks, and Wildlife Committee and is now headed to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.
Chico Enterprise-Record » The state Department of Water Resources said periodic shaking at the dam picked up by USGS monitors has been caused by controlled blasts supporting construction efforts at the site, where workers have been repairing the dam’s main spillway after it crumbled last year, among other projects. So far in April, the USGS has recorded at least three chemical explosions around the main spillway.
The Sacramento Bee » Last week, the California Department of Water Resources said the storm might cause water levels in the Lake Oroville reservoir to rise to the “trigger elevation” of 830 feet. At that point, DWR officials planned to open the spillway gates and release water down the 3,000-foot-long concrete chute. But the lake level only reached 799.7 feet over the weekend.
San Francisco Chronicle » Oroville Dam operators said Tuesday they may have to release water over a partially rebuilt spillway for the first time since repairs began on the badly damaged structure last summer. Department of Water Resources officials said anticipated storms could trigger releases this week or next.