Thursday, July 27, 2017

Congressman questions draw-down of Lake Oroville

The north state's Rep. Doug LaMalfa is questioning the degree to which the state Department of Water Resources plans to drain Lake Oroville this fall to accommodate work on the dam.

As I reported today, the DWR plans to take the lake’s surface down to below 700 feet elevation this fall to ensure safety for workers fixing the dam.

In a Facebook post, LaMalfa wrote:
There is no need to go all the way down to 640 feet of elevation on December 31. That would leave only 850,000 ace feet left in the lake, with only 90-100 days to fill the lake. The lowest the lake was last year was 725, in December. Thats 600,000 wasted acre feet if dropped to 640. Construction wont be affected by lake water if it's a dry winter and if it's wet, they wont be doing much anyway. The spillway gates arent even touched by water until 813 feet, which is 2.35 million acre feet. The lake holds 3.5 million. The spillway is supposed to be usable at the end of this construction season for this years winter and the rest of it rebuilt after this rainy season in late spring.
LaMalfa's 1st Congressional District includes the Lake Oroville area.

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