Lake Oroville

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791.22 FEET
10/22/2019
Full Pool: 900.0
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California likely to see a dry winter, a federal report warns. But nothing’s certain

San Francisco Chronicle on MSN.com

Date: 10/17/2019 4:08:15 PM

But no one’s saying a prolonged drought — like the one that caused Lake Oroville, shown in April 2015, to drop low levels — is coming our way. California likely to see a dry winter, a federal report

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Firefighters burn 100 acres of fire fuel near Lake Oroville

Chico Enterprise-Record

Date: 10/16/2019 3:30:00 AM

The Loafer Creek State Recreation Area is a key spot for controlled burns because of how heavily populated the park gets. “(It’s) one of the most popular areas on Lake Oroville,” said Cal Fire-Butte

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Scheduled burn at Loafer Creek

Chico State Orion

Date: 10/14/2019 9:30:00 PM

Firefighters from Butte County conducted a control burn at Loafer Creek Tuesday near Lake Oroville. The purpose of the burn is to improve natural habitat and rangeland, and to reduce hazards

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California finds widespread water contamination of ‘forever chemicals’

The Bakersfield Californian

Date: 10/14/2019 4:47:00 PM

An example of this can be found in the cities of Oroville and Chico. Both have detected PFAS in their drinking water wells, but because Oroville gets the majority of its water from Lake Oroville, in

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Water Year 2020 Begins with Robust Reservoir Storage

SCV News

Date: 10/11/2019 6:08:00 PM

In Southern California, SWP’s Castaic Lake is at 112 percent of average compared to 108 percent last year. Lake Oroville, the State Water Project’s largest reservoir, is currently at 102 percent of

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• River: Feather River
• Length: 167 Miles
• Surface Area: 15,810 Acres
• Volume: 3,537,577 Acre Feet
• Drainage Area: 3,624 Square Miles
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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