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California orders closer look at 93 dams after Oroville crisis

California orders closer look at 93 dams after Oroville crisis

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California officials have ordered owners of 93 dams to re-inspect their flood-control spillways after the Oroville Dam crisis, saying the spillways need a closer look following a preliminary review. The list released by the Department of Water Resources includes some of the largest dams in California, such as the New Exchequer Dam […]

Warning: 15,498 ‘High-Hazard’ Dams in America

Warning: 15,498 ‘High-Hazard’ Dams in America

by CHRISS W. STREET The new American Society of Civil Engineers 2017 Infrastructure Report Card (ASCE) has identified 15,498 high-hazard dams, whose failure could risk loss of life. ASCE is appropriately holding this year’s Environmental & Water Resources Institute (EWRI) in Sacramento, California from May 21 to 25. The meeting is an opportunity for its members and […]

GOP Accuses Gov. Brown Of Prioritizing Pet Projects Over Maintaining Dams

GOP Accuses Gov. Brown Of Prioritizing Pet Projects Over Maintaining Dams

Gov. Jerry Brown is facing withering criticism for concentrating too much on California’s high speed rail projects and immigration and not enough on maintaining a weakened Oroville Dam. Republicans are thrashing the California Democrat amid reports that state officials have for years ignored calls to maintain the massive 50-year-old dam. “What’s Governor Brown doing?” former […]

Building the better mousetrap for rainwater

Building the better mousetrap for rainwater

By Susan Kline With the possibility of greater rainfall in the coming year, Supervisor Parks spoke about capturing that water for use in Ventura County at the Board of Supervisor’s meeting on April 15th. Parks said: “Noticed the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) scientists estimated El Nino by 66%… You wonder what we can […]

Congressman Tom McClintock: No reason for California’s drought crisis.

Congressman Tom McClintock: No reason for California’s drought crisis.

Congressman Tom McClintock brings some common sense to California’s drought crisis. There is no reason for the current drought problems. California needs more water storage and more dams. Instead Sacramento is considering the opposite – they want to remove dams and not build more storage.  Are we crazy? Add storage and the problems we face […]