Friday, July 28, 2017

DWR checklist

State orders closer look at 93 dams after Oroville crisis

The O'Shaughnessy Dam at Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, one of the dams where the state has ordered spillway inspections. ROBIN SCHESWOHL / PUC

S.F. Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle & Sacramento Bee

The near-catastrophic failure of the Oroville Dam last winter has prompted California water officials to order inspections of spillways at 93 dams that they believe could pose a risk to downstream communities, saying the spillways need a closer look following a preliminary review. See if a dam near you has been ordered to do a new spillway inspection.


Drought, climate pummel lake; Tahoe in hot water

Sacramento Bee & San Francisco Chronicle

Lake Tahoe's famously clear waters continue to warm, and the surrounding forests face dire threats due to drought, disease and insects, according to the annual Tahoe State of the Lake report by UC Davis. Intense seasonal changes in 2016 killed huge swaths of forest and nourished invasive species, the report says.


Water quality in San Diego rivers, creeks improves

San Diego Union-Tribune

The health of many rivers and streams across San Diego County — which flow down canyons and wind through often contaminated urban landscapes — has improved after suffering during several years of drought conditions, according to a new report released this week by the nonprofit environmental group San Diego Coastkeeper.