Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017

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Think Harvey-like floods couldn't hit here? Think again

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Sacramento Bee

Sacramento Bee

Billions of dollars have been spent on dams, levees and bypasses to keep Sacramento and the Central Valley from floods, but experts say the infrastructure would prove no match for a megastorm like the one that pummeled Houston. A changing climate is making what were once considered impossible storms more likely, and a storm like Harvey would almost certainly overwhelm the region's flood-control defenses.

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DWR: Oroville Dam 'green spot' poses no threat

KQED San Francisco

The state Department of Water Resources has released a report on the Oroville Dam's "green spot," declaring the extensive area of persistent moisture on the face of the dam is due to seasonally trapped rainfall and poses no threat to the dam's integrity. The report echoes earlier DWR statements that the level of seepage observed in the dam is low for a structure of its size.

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Legislators seek $4B bond for water, flood control

Sacramento Bee

As torrential rains and dangerous flood waters pummel large swaths of Texas and Louisiana, California lawmakers are eyeing legislation to prevent similar damage. Senate Bill 5 would ask voters in June to approve a $4 billion bond to fund water, flood and parks projects. The measure is up for a hearing today in the Assembly.

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