Monday, March 20, 2017

Rising price tag

Cost of Oroville Dam crisis tops $100 million, DWR says

The last pieces of scaffolding are removed from the Lake Oroville flood control spillway area in preparation of a controlled spillway release. DWR


Mercury News & Los Angeles Times

The state Department of Water Resources said Friday that the cost associated with the ongoing crisis at Oroville Dam totaled about $100 million through the end of February, but repairs will cost much more than those initial estimates. Final plans for how to repair the reservoir's massive spillway are still weeks away, according to Bill Croyle, acting DWR director. In the interim, DWR must use the spillway to keep the reservoir from reaching capacity.


Gov. Brown requests more federal disaster help

Los Angeles Times

Putting the price tag of California's brutal winter storms at $569 million, Gov. Jerry Brown asked President Trump on Sunday for a fourth federal disaster declaration to help speed up recovery and repairs across the state. The request for another disaster declaration specifically mentions the serious damage to both the main and emergency spillways at the Oroville Dam.


San Diego water project receives top ASCE prize

Times of San Diego

A 25-year-long, $1.5 billion effort to upgrade San Diego County's water system has been recognized with a top civil engineering award. The San Diego County Water Authority's Emergency and Carryover Storage Project beat out New York's One World Trade Center to receive the Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers.