Friday, Jan. 5, 2018

Final verdict

State missed problems that led to Oroville Dam crisis

Independent Forensic Team Report: Oroville Dam Spillway Incident

Ind. Forensic Team

San Francisco Chronicle & Sacramento Bee

A much-awaited report on last winter’s spillway failures at Oroville Dam concludes that state water officials failed to spot long-standing problems at the reservoir, leading to the near-disaster. Citing a “long-term systemic failure,” independent forensic investigators released their final report today on the nearly catastrophic emergency last February at Oroville Dam.


Hopes for Delta smelt dashed by record-low survey

East Bay Times

A tiny fish caught in California’s tug of war over water has become harder to find than ever, a state survey found. The 3-inch-long smelt sank to a new low when state crews netted only two fish from September though December. It was the lowest count since the fall survey began in 1967.


Researcher finds oxygen getting rarer in oceans

KPBS San Diego

A San Diego researcher is among a group of scientists that thinks climate change may be making it harder for wide swaths of ocean to maintain proper oxygen levels. Researchers who track oxygen levels say they have been falling since the middle of the 20th century and that’s changing underwater ecosystems.