Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Spillway sprint

Oroville Dam repairs begin with an ambitious deadline

DWR hopes to complete first phase of repairs by Nov. 1. KGO San Francisco


KCRA Sacramento & KGO San Francisco

The Department of Water Resources has begun a five-month sprint to repair Oroville Dam's damaged primary spillway in time for the upcoming winter season. The deadline to complete repairs is Nov. 1. The first leg of repairs is focused on the gauged lower portion of the spillway. Workers destroyed part of the damaged spillway this weekend.


Despite a wet year, wildlife miss out on water

Water Deeply

Five state and federal wildlife refuges — critical habitat for migratory birds — will not get their full water deliveries this year, because the plumbing infrastructure that is required under a California law passed in 1992 has never been built.


UC researchers find alga's 'dictionary of genes'

UCLA Newsroom

Plant biologists and biochemists from UCLA, UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco have produced a gold mine of data by sequencing the genome of a green alga called Chromochloris zofingiensis — one of the most prolific producers of a type of lipids called triacylglycerols, which are used in producing biofuels.