Friday, Feb. 17, 2017

Tiny bubbles

Experts weigh in on what made dam spillway collapse

Water trickles down as workers inspect part of the Lake Oroville spillway failure. MERCURY NEWS

Mercury News

Mercury News & Los Angeles Times

How did a giant, gaping hole tear through the massive Oroville Dam's main concrete spillway, setting in motion the chain of events that could have led to one of America's deadliest dam failures? Dam experts are focusing on a leading suspect: Tiny bubbles. Rainwater erosion along the Oroville Dam's main spillway appears to have contributed to the heavy damage that prompted the crisis. ► READ THE REPORT


LAO report on resources/environmental budget

Legislative Analyst's Office

The Legislative Analyst's Office has released its report on the governor's budget proposals in the resources and environmental protection areas, with various changes recommended. The budget includes several notable proposals intended to continue and extend efforts related to the recent drought and implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.


Deadline extended on climate change resolution

Association of California Water Agencies

The State Water Resources Control Board announced Thursday that it has extended the comment deadline to March 3 at noon for its draft resolution for a comprehensive response to climate change. A public hearing on the draft resolution has been moved to March 7.