Monday, Feb. 27, 2017

Urgent need

Gov. Brown seeks $437M for flood control, aging dams

Jerry Brown says the state needs to spend some money to maintain its dams, roads and other public works during a press conference Friday at the Capitol. CALIFORNIA CHANNEL

CA Channel

Sacramento Bee

After successfully appealing to the Trump administration for help with the Oroville Dam emergency, Gov. Jerry Brown announced Friday that he wants to accelerate state spending to reduce flood risks as he asked Washington to expedite reviews on several projects, including repairs to the dam's spillway. His plan combines $50 million in general fund money with $387 million from the water bond approved by voters in 2014.


Oroville Dam spillway flows to be shut off today

Chico Enterprise-Record

The flows down the broken main Oroville Dam spillway will be shut off today to allow removal of the debris at the spillway base. Cutting off the spillway flow will result in a rise of the lake level, but DWR has been drawing it down since the Feb. 12 emergency spillway crisis that triggered evacuation orders for more than 180,000 people.


Modesto's temporary sewer system fix is working

Modesto Bee

The city's temporary fix to keep Tuolumne River water from entering and overwhelming Modesto's sewer system is holding, and crews continued to reinforce and strengthen their work. But Modesto still faces the possibility of releasing partially treated wastewater into the San Joaquin River, although the temporary fix means those releases would come later rather than sooner.