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El Niño Snowmelt Is Coming Up Short

ski.curbed.com

Date: 6/23/2016 3:42:00 PM

In addition, reservoirs in the northern regions of California are in better shape than in the south. Lake Shasta and Lake Oroville are at or above their typical levels. But because forecasted El Niño storms just didn’t materialize in Southern California

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California Bill Would Improve Water Supply by Restoring Forests

ww2.kqed.org

Date: 6/23/2016 11:35:00 AM

That’s more than 10 percent of the capacity of Lake Oroville downstream, and enough water to serve nearly 1 million households for a year. The Feather River is one of five watersheds that would get special attention under AB 2480 because it feeds the

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Body of missing kayaker found in Lake Oroville

KRCR News Channel 7

Date: 6/22/2016 7:19:00 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Butte County Search and Rescue crews found the body of Derek Nielsen, 30, in West Branch of Lake Oroville at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The sheriff's office has been searching for Derek since he went missing on June 5. Gene and Sandy

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What’s happening Tuesday in Oroville

Oroville Mercury-Register

Date: 6/20/2016 6:11:00 PM

Brad Brown, 876-7102. Every other Tuesday. Alcoholics Anonymous, Lake Oroville Fellowship: Noon, 8 p.m.; women 5 p.m. 2471 Bird St. 538-8180. Narcotics Anonymous: 3:30 p.m. Southside Hole in the Wall Group of NA. Burlington and Wyandotte avenues

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Melting snow, water releases and La Nina complicate California’s drought picture

Redding Record Searchlight

Date: 6/20/2016 4:42:00 PM

But after 11 inches of precipitation in April and May 2010, snow lingered that year into early July. Lake Shasta and Lake Oroville, the state's two largest reservoirs, remain above average levels for this time of year, state figures show. Folsom Lake and

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• River: Feather River
• Length: 167 Miles
• Surface Area: 15,810 Acres
Lake Oroville, is a reservoir formed by the Oroville Dam impounding the Feather River, located in Butte County, northern California. The lake is situated 5 miles northeast of the city of Oroville, within the Lake Oroville State Recreation Area, in the western foothills of the Sierra Nevada.

At over 3,500,000 acre feet, it is the second-largest reservoir in California, after Shasta Lake. The lake is fed by the North Fork, Middle Fork, West Branch and South Forks of the Feather River.

The lake has an unmarked 9,000 ft diameter landing area for seaplanes. The lake is a popular nationally renowned bass fishing location, while coho salmon are stocked from the Feather River Fish Hatchery.

Prior to impoundment by the Oroville Dam, the current main basin of Lake Oroville was the location of the confluence of the North Fork Feather River with the Feather River and the now-inundated towns of Bidwell and Land. Completed in 1968, Oroville Dam is an earthen dam and is the tallest dam located in the United States, measuring over 770 feet high and 6,920 feet across. The dam was the largest earth-fill dam in the world until succeeded by Aswan High Dam in Egypt. It was built by the California Department of Water Resources as part of the California State Water Project. The dam houses the Edward Hyatt Powerplant, an underground hydro-electric plant that was completed in 1967. Six generators are used to provide a maximum generating capacity of 819 MVA.

The Hyatt Generating-Pumping Plant source water for the Feather River is released from two discharge tunnels at up to 17,500 cu ft/s during peak demand and "little or no release the remainder of the day". The power plant also routinely draws up to 5,610 cu ft/s of Feather River water for "pumpback" into Lake Oroville. Hyatt releases are stored in the 4.40 miles serpentine river channel (Thermalito Diversion Pool) which extends from the river's source to the Thermalito Diversion Dam.
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