Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017

Critical task

Inside the desperate battle to fix emergency spillway

Officials are racing to shore up an eroded earthen hillside next to Lake Oroville whose collapse could cause catastrophic flooding if the lake overflows again. RAOUL RANOA / Los Angeles Times

LA Times

Los Angeles Times

Armed with rocks and concrete, officials have been battling to fortify an earthen hillside next to Lake Oroville that has eroded — a critical task in case the reservoir overflows again. A quarry is being worked around the clock to produce boulders to plug unexpected holes caused by erosion from water overflowing from the lake. The fear is that if Lake Oroville starts spilling over, water again will pour down this hillside and create further erosion.

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Oroville Dam isn't only infrastructure under strain

Sacramento Bee

All eyes have been on the crisis at Oroville Dam, but weeks of wet weather have put pressure elsewhere on the network of levees and dams protecting cities and farms in the vast Central Valley flood plain. Almost all of the major reservoirs that ring the Valley have filled to the point that officials have cranked up releases to catch water from a storm that's expected to hit tonight.

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Audit: State OK'd injections into protected waters

KPIX San Francisco

Hundreds of oilfield wastewater wells across California must shut down today, after a federal audit found the state illegally allowed oil companies to inject contaminated fluids into protected water supplies. But that's not stopping the state from backing yet another oil company's request to inject wastewater into a protected underground water source in the Bay Area.

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