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How the 2017 Oroville Dam crisis was averted

In 2017 I was pretty sure that the Oroville Dam would fail. This monster dam holds back Lake Oroville, which during a non-massive drought is California's second-largest reservoir, and cascading failures of spillways was dramatic! This event started a fascination with the history of dam disasters and engineering. — Read the rest
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Engineering Beauty

The fourth and most understandable error we made...was to have turned over all aspects of freeway route selection and design to the engineering profession. Of course, engineering is an absolutely necessary element in the road-building process. But engineering not all that is required. ... Freeways do not exist apart from the world. ...even the Division of Highways recognizes the fact that values of a sort that do not lend themselves to narrow economic analysis are important. ....
Tags: Education, California, Economics, Collaboration, Jazz, Menlo Park, WB, St Patrick, Oroville Dam, Stefan Kac, Aesthetics, Interdisciplinary Issues, Engineering and Engineers, Pushkarev, Bronson (william, William BronsonHow

Neighbors Uneasy with Evacuation Plan for Growing Plumas Lake Development

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‘Environmental justice’ starts by providing more water

SACRAMENTO >> Environmentalists have won the latest battle in California’s water wars, as California American Water just announced it is temporarily withdrawing its application to build a desalination plant on an old sand mine in the largely low-income town of Marina near Monterey. The proposal faced a tough approval process at the California Coastal Commission after local activists complained about its effects on their community. In a recent article, the Los Angeles Times asked this loaded ques...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sacramento, America, Sport, Soccer, Times, Monterey, Rhode Island, Los Angeles Times, Marina, California Coastal Commission, Cal Am, Mojave Desert, Oroville Dam, Steven Greenhut

California 'stretched thin for crews' to fight 30+ wildfires throughout state, thousands must evacuate

California governor Gavin Newsom ordered a statewide state of emergency Tuesday, as at least 30 separate wildfires blaze uncontrolled throughout the state. In the San Francisco Bay Area on Wednesday thousands of people in the potential path of wildfire are under orders to evacuate their homes. In San Francisco, and other California cities, the skies are filled with smoke today. "Throughout the state of California right now, we are stretched thin for crews" because of the fires, said Will Powe...
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In A Change Of Heart, California To Get Federal Money After Costly Oroville Dam Repairs

OROVILLE (CBS13) — Three years ago this month, sheer panic ran through the community as the concrete began crumbling on the Oroville Dam Spillway. The damage just kept getting worse forcing roughly 188,000 people to evacuate. The emergency spillway in the Oroville Dam was in danger of failing and unleashing uncontrolled flood waters on towns below. Three years and more than a billion dollars in repairs later, California is getting some of that money back. The Department of Water Resources says i...
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Fake rationing scare highlights California’s crazy water policy

SACRAMENTO – Stamping out incorrect social-media information is like trying to halt those computer viruses that multiply bad files every time you close one. You can sometimes convince someone that the story isn’t quite right – only to see it pop up on myriad other feeds. After trying to serve as the “truth police” recently, I finally gave up. There are so many real problems to worry about, but lots of people seem determined to be upset by bogus ones. The specific story involved water rationing. ...
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California Will Pay $12M For Roads Damaged In Oroville Dam Crisis

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s water resources agency has agreed to pay a Northern California county $12 million to repair roads after a crisis at the country’s tallest dam forced nearly 200,000 people to evacuate in 2017. The state Department of Water Resources and Butte County announced the settlement Tuesday, more than two years after spillways at the Oroville Dam crumbled and fell away during heavy rains. The repairs resulted in heavy truck traffic that damaged Butte County roads. Bu...
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California's Oroville Dam spillway is facing its first big test since it collapsed two years ago

The nation's tallest dam reopened its spillway on Tuesday, more than two years after it failed and forced nearly 200,000 people to evacuate their homes, authorities announced.
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California's Oroville Dam is facing its first big test since it collapsed two years ago

The nation's tallest dam reopened Tuesday, more than two years after its main spillway failed and forced nearly 200,000 people to evacuate their homes, authorities announced.
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Repaired spillway at nation’s tallest dam to be deployed

OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — The flood-control spillway at the nation’s tallest dam will be deployed this week for the first time since it was rebuilt after it crumbled during heavy rains two years ago, forcing nearly 200,000 people to evacuate, California officials said Sunday. Disaster was ultimately averted during the 2017 downpours, but Oroville Dam […]
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US rejects $306M for repair of nation’s tallest dam

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A state agency says the federal government has rejected $306 million in reimbursements for California’s repair of the nation’s tallest dam. The amount is less than half of what California has so far requested from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to repair Oroville Dam, where spillways crumbled and fell away during […]
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Oroville Dam earthquakes in February 2017 related to spillway discharge

A closer look at small earthquakes that took place at the Oroville Dam in California's Sierra Nevada foothills in February 2017 -- near the time when the dam's spillway failed -- suggest that the seismic activity was related to reservoir discharge that opened and closed fractures in the rock below the spillway.
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Climate change made these 17 extreme weather events radically worse

Just as scientists confidently predicted last century, climate change is pushing weather to extremes all over the planet.  A new report, published Monday by the American Meteorological Society, again proves the point. The 100-page report assessed 17 extreme weather events from 2017 — including floods, droughts, and heat waves — and determined global warming either significantly boosted the odds of these events, or simply made such extreme, often deadly events possible in the first place.  "We ar...
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Camp Fire death toll soars to 42 — now the deadliest in California history with many still missing

BUTTE COUNTY — With 42 people dead, the Camp Fire roaring through Butte County has officially surpassed a grim marker by becoming the single most deadly and destructive fire in California’s history. The number of people who have perished in the fire, current as of Monday night, is almost certain to rise as rescue and recovery workers sift through the ruins and ashes where houses and families once stood. An untold number of people remain missing and it could be days or weeks before their loved on...
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California dam repairs surge past $1 billion

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The cost of dealing with repairs and other issues stemming from last year’s near-disaster at the nation’s tallest dam in California has climbed to more than $1 billion, officials said Wednesday. Construction costs and related expenses are the primary drivers behind the increase at Oroville Dam, about 160 miles (258 kilometers) […]
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Oyster X SmartSink soil amendment launched to conserve water and carbon storage

In California, Riverbend Park soccer fields are getting a new soil amendment to help conserve water and carbon storage that is made by Living X Elements. The soil amendment called Oyster X SmartSink is made from pine trees killed by bark beetles and mimics an oyster which can filter up to 50 gallons of water a day through its body. The fields are being reconstructed after they were damaged from the Oroville Dam spillway crisis of February 2017 that caused flooding. Greg Melton, principal landsca...
Tags: Carbon, Oyster, Producer News, Columbia, Melton, Oroville Dam, Pine Trees, Living X Elements, California Riverbend Park, Greg Melton, Melton Design Group, Enterprise Record

California schools getting a little greener as environmental education guidelines roll out

By Carolyn Jones, EdSource Californians celebrate Earth Day and the ecology movement over the past month, the state’s public schools are making steady progress in implementing some of the most comprehensive environmental education guidelines in the country, educators and environmentalists say. Buoyed by $4 million in the current state budget for K-12 environmental education, teachers are planning field trips to mountains and beaches, creating lessons on ecosystems and watersheds and showing stud...
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Opinion: How to achieve better flood-risk governance in the United States [Social Sciences]

Recent flood disasters (Fig. 1) have exposed issues with how flood risk is governed in the United States, raising questions about who owns responsibility for managing and paying for losses. In February 2017, 190,000 residents were evacuated as the primary and emergency spillways at Oroville Dam in California failed, a...
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Rain may put Oroville Dam's partially repaired spillway to the test

Up to 5 inches of rain is expected over the weekend in Northern California, causing the state's Department of Water Resources to make preparations to use the partially repaired main spillway at the Oroville Dam if necessary.
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California May Use Partially Rebuilt Oroville Spillway

California water officials say they may have to use the partially rebuilt spillway at Oroville Dam for the first time since they began repairs to the badly damaged structure last summer.
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County utility serves first customers, offers cheaper rates with wind, solar and other renewable energy

In dozens of cities and unincorporated communities in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, businesses and residents will soon be paying lower electric bills for greener energy under a just-launched community choice aggregate utility, power officials said. The Clean Power Alliance of Southern California began buying power on Feb. 1 for about 2,000 Los Angeles County buildings, including libraries, hospitals, firehouses, sheriff stations, parks and offices, supplying 60 percent from renewable energy...
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California city sues state over Oroville Dam crisis in 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A small California city at the base of the tallest U.S. dam filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the state over an emergency that forced authorities to order 188,000 people to flee last year, arguing the crisis was caused by decades of mismanagement.
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City of Oroville to sue over losses due to dam emergency

OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — The city of Oroville plans to sue state water officials for damages caused when thousands of its residents had to be evacuated last year after the Oroville Dam spillways failed. Oroville City Attorney Scott Huber says the city will file the lawsuit Wednesday, when officials also plan to hold a news […]
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Improving outcomes by democratizing education data

Last year, just 40 percent of Los Angeles Unified students met or exceeded expectations in English Language Arts. While no student population is showing levels of achievement we should feel satisfied with, just 34 percent of Latino students met standards compared with 66 percent of their white peers. We must do more to ultimately close these persistent equity gaps. The good news is, the public may soon have access to more of the data to improve outcomes for all students in the country’s second-l...
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Congress should pass a newer and better DACA program

During the next few weeks, President Trump and Congress will be making a series of decisions shaping the hopes and dreams of nearly 700,000 young people living in this country, before the window to act on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program slams shut the first week of March. The purpose of DACA is to provide eligible youth protection from deportation and a legal work permit. This allows these young “Dreamers” — brought to the U.S. as children — to attend school, work in crucial i...
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Big California dam's new spillway already has cracks in it

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Small cracks have appeared in a new concrete spillway at Oroville Dam, a development state officials say was expected but an engineering expert says could lead to serious safety issues.
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California orders overall safety review at tallest US dam

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California officials say they’re ordering a comprehensive safety review at the tallest dam in the U.S. to pinpoint needed upgrades after a dramatic spillway collapse earlier this year. State Department of Water Resources Deputy Director Joel Ledesma said Wednesday the review of the Oroville Dam will involve federal, state and private […]
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Oroville Dam repair costs will top $500 million

OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — California officials say repair costs at the nation’s tallest dam will be nearly double the original estimate of $275 million. Department of Water Resources spokeswoman Erin Mellon said Thursday the contract with Kiewit Corp. at 770-foot Oroville Dam will grow to more than $500 million. Kiewit project director Jeff Petersen said […]
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California Today: California Today: Going to the Mat Over DACA

Wednesday: California leaders condemn the DACA decision, an update on the Oroville Dam, and rescuing Texas animals after the flood.
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