DWR Preparing For Potential Use Of New Spillway At Oroville Dam

State officials are keeping a close watch on the water level at Lake Oroville. With rain in the forecast and the current lake level being high, the California Department of Water Resources is monitoring levels and current forecasts. Due to storms expected in the Feather River Basin, DWR is taking steps to prepare for use of the main spillway potentially as early as next week. To prepare for potential use of the spillway, DWR is removing construction equipment from the spillway chute. It will also remove a temporary road below the main spillway that has been utilized during construction. The road will be removed to minimize water quality impacts. Temporary cameras and lights have been situated alongside the spillway for observational purposes when water begins to flow down the chute.


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