Damage, design flaws in Oroville Dam spillway point to lengthy…

The Sacramento Bee – The main spillway at Oroville Dam is riddled with design flaws and so badly damaged that an independent panel of experts hired by the state has concluded it’s probably impossible to repair the structure completely before the next rainy season begins in November. The panel of four engineering consultants, in a recent memo to the state Department of Water Resources, Read More…

Another reservoir overflows as Northern California receives more rain

Los Angeles Times – The milestones marking California’s wettest year in decades continued to pile up Thursday, as state water officials said a reservoir high up in the Sierra Nevada has exceeded capacity for the first time in 21 years. Lake Davis began overflowing onto its earth-and-rock spillway Wednesday after a couple of light rainstorms this week, Department of Water Resources Read More…

Flooding possible along Sprague River

Herald and News – Klamath County Emergency Management has mobilized volunteers to respond to possible flooding along the Sprague River after water levels rose beyond expectations Tuesday. In a statement from Emergency Manager Morgan Lindsay, water levels between Beatty and Chiloquin were higher than what expected after increased rain and snow melt. Lindsay said levels observed Tuesday Read More…

San Joaquin growers to get 65 percent of requested CVP water

Capital Ag Press – Growers on the San Joaquin Valley’s west side will get 65 percent of their requested Central Valley Project surface water supplies in 2017, federal officials announced March 22. Agricultural water users north of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta will get their full supplies, as will Northern California urban areas and customers of the Contra Costa Water District, Read More…

Redding rainfall hits milestone

Record Searchlight – Some time on Wednesday the National Weather Service’s rain gauge in Redding hit the 40-inch mark, a milestone achieved only twice in the past 10 years. To many in the North State, above-normal rainfall is welcome news. “I think it’s excellent news,” said Matt Doyle, general manager of Lake Shasta Caverns. “It was kind of surprising, the amount of rainfall Read More…

Rivers on the rise: Columbia, Willamette levels climb

KOIN 6 – The Columbia River’s water levels are on the rise. At nearly 17 feet, the river is at its highest since 2011, and it’s backing up into the Willamette. By Tuesday morning, the Columbia River was half an inch above minor flood stage, and it’s forecast to rise another foot before the end of the week. The Columbia River’s water levels are on the rise. At nearly 17 feet, Read More…

Water districts stuffing Kern River water in every nook and cranny…

Bakersfield – The good news is that not a drop of Kern River water is going into the California Aqueduct to fill Southern California taps. Yet. But water managers are keeping an eagle eye on the snowpack and the weather hoping there are no sudden moves from either in the near future. A warm rain or rapid run-up in temps could bring a huge slug of water down and overwhelm ongoing Read More…

KPBS Drought Tracker Update: Some Sierra Snow Melts Away

KPBS – San Diego is in for some light showers this week. The rain comes as California's drought continues to wane thanks to a wet season that could turn out to be a record breaker — if storms leading up to April 1st bring enough rain. A Tuesday morning update from the KPBS Drought Tracker puts California's statewide rainfall at 167 percent of normal for the entire wet season. It'll need Read More…

Oroville Dam: How a 21st-century spillway compares to Oroville’s…

Mercury News – In the nearly 50 years since the Oroville Dam was completed, construction methods have changed. Chico State University construction management professor Chris Souder consulted on the Folsom Dam auxiliary spillway project which began construction in 2008 and is on pace to be completed in October. He also got a tour March 1 of the work going on at the Oroville Dam through Read More…

Full San Luis Dam endangers over 200,000 people

California Water Research – San Luis Dam, also known as B.F. Sisk Dam, is 382 feet tall and 18,600 feet long, and impounds up to 2 million acre-feet of water. It is the largest offstream dam in the United States.  Pursuant to the 1960 San Luis Act, San Luis Dam was constructed by the Bureau of Reclamation, and is still owned by the Bureau. The Bureau of Reclamation and the California Read More…