SYRCL, among others, warned about failure of Oroville dam emergency spillway in 2005

Reports filed in 2005 show that the Department of Water Resources was warned that a failure of the emergency spillway could be catastrophic. Friends of the River (FOR), the Sierra Club and SYRCL raised this issue in 2005, and are mentioned in a recent San Jose Mercury News article. As members of the Yuba Feather Workgroup from 2001, SYRCL, the Sierra Club, and FOR were engaged in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) process about Oroville Dam in order to improve flood control, trying to make communities safer.

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Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.
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2 Responses to SYRCL, among others, warned about failure of Oroville dam emergency spillway in 2005

  1. Steve Willer says:

    And because they ignored that in 2005, that dam will face some major repair costs. Will they do the upgrades that the environmental groups warned about in 2005?

    Will California and the Federal Government step up to help those 188,000 people now displaced and losing income, and incurring costs such as motels and having to eat at restaurants? How about the counties extra expenses who are paying overtime to their employees working twelve hour shifts at the fair grounds? Those folks from Marysville and surround towns in the evacuation zone, this isn’t San Jose or the Silicon Valley area. These are working class folks and low income people. They should not have to suffer financial loss because of neglect by the agencies who didn’t do their jobs.

    Earlier this morning I have contacted NRDC in San Francisco and the Western Environmental Law in Eugene to send them that Washington Post article. They might not be the legal groups that will take on a lawsuit over the agencies failure, but maybe they will find one who will. Of course, messy lawsuits could be avoided if the politicians step up and do the right thing for proper billing with the dam repairs (Metropolitan Water District of Southern California being one of the big ones) and compensating some of the 188,000 people who have been displaced.

    Droughts to floods, this is what the scientific community was warning us about twenty years ago. Global warming is here, now, and any Republicans who deny it must be removed from office. We are so past the debate about global warming, we need to begin dealing with the effects. For Northern California this means getting serious about the forests and watersheds and related infrastructure. The dam in Oroville is probably one of many that need to be upgraded for our new climate and its challenges.

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