Oroville Dam

Oroville Dam Repair Cost Spikes to $870 Million

The California Department of Water Resources’ (DWR) cost estimates for the Oroville Dam crisis and repair have spiked to $870 million, after an independent forensic report blamed the state for misleading the public about its knowledge of dangerous conditions.

Oroville Dam Spillway (Joel Pollak / Breitbart News)

Contractor Finishes Oroville Dam Spillway Rebuild Before Rain Season

The Kiewit Corporation contractor poured the final smooth layer of cement on the Oroville Dam spillway chute Wednesday and the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) is set to certify that the massive repair job was completed by the November 1 deadline.

Oroville Dam rebuild (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

Midwest ‘Flash Drought’ Warns El Niño May Hammer West Coast

The “flash drought” in the upper plains states, and rising temperatures in the Equatorial Pacific, are warnings that another El Niño is forming that could slam the West Coast this winter with heavy rainfall, widespread flooding and infrastructure failure risks.

Jake Hart, 13, plays in the rising floodwater during a storm in Seal Beach, Calif., Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017. The heavy downpour on Sunday drenched Orange County in one of the heaviest storms of the year. Fast-moving floodwaters swept through California mountain communities and residents fled homes below hillsides scarred …

Tom McClintock’s Bill Fast-Tracks Dams & Reservoirs

Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) is leading an effort to end environmentalists’ ability to delay the building of dams and reservoirs on federal land by fast-tracking control of the permitting process, placing power in the hands of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

Oroville Lake and Dam (Breitbart News)

Oroville Dam Audit: Forensic Team Blasts State Cut-back on Infrastructure

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FECR) forensic audit of the Oroville Dam Spillway crisis project found that failures were due to inadequate California Department of Water Resources (DWR) maintenance, repair of cracks, thin concrete slabs, poor drainage, and use of weathered rock.

Oroville Dam Spillway (Joel Pollak / Breitbart News)

Devin Nunes Will Return to Fresno to Discuss Water on Friday

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) is heading to California to attend the annual Ag Lenders Society meeting in Fresno on Friday, where he will address water issues affecting the Golden State.

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California Racing Against Time to Fix Oroville Dam

California faces a “very significant risk” if a damaged spillway on the Oroville Dam, the nation’s tallest, is not fully operational by November 1, according to a report obtained by the Associated Press this week.

Oroville Lake and Dam (Breitbart News)

California Rain Expected to Boost Hydro-Electric Revenue

Data from the U.S. Energy Information Agency suggest that the state could receive an extra $900 million in new hydro-electric revenue as a result of record California rain — and that the cash could pay for some of the damage to the Oroville Dam, the Los Angeles Aqueduct, and much of California’s key flood control infrastructure.

Oroville Lake and Dam (Breitbart News)

Jerry Brown Seeks ‘Common Ground’ with Donald Trump

California Gov. Jerry Brown cited the disaster relief and infrastructure needs of his state as he told reporters on Monday in Washington, D.C. that there are areas where he is seeking to work with the Trump Administration.

Jerry Brown and Oroville and flooding (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)