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Rainstorms mean more state water for farmers

Central Valley Business Times

Date: 1/18/2017 9:15:00 PM

Reservoirs have risen dramatically with runoff from this month’s storms. Major Northern California reservoirs, including Lake Oroville, Shasta Lake and Folsom Lake have been required to make flood control releases to maintain room to safely capture

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Calif.’s State Water Project increases allocation to 60 percent

Capital Press

Date: 1/18/2017 5:33:00 PM

As of Jan. 18, Lake Oroville, the SWP’s principal reservoir, was holding 79 percent of its capacity and 125 percent of its historical average for the date. Shasta Lake, the federal Central Valley Project’s largest reservoir, was at 80 percent of

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Duck drawing birdwatchers to area is shot and killed at Oroville Diversion Pool

Chico Enterprise-Record

Date: 1/16/2017 6:01:00 PM

Oroville >> For the past three weeks, birdwatchers have been excited about the Long-tailed duck recently spotted in the water of the Diversion Pool below Lake Oroville. The bird is not normally seen in this area. Last week the duck was killed by a shooter

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New Melones And Other Reservoirs Filling Up

My Mother Lode

Date: 1/16/2017 11:04:00 AM

Other major reservoirs, like Lake Shasta are at 126% of average and 81% of capacity, and Lake Oroville is 126% of average and 80% of capacity. Written by BJ Hansen. If you see breaking news, traffic or weather contact us at the News Hotline at 532-6397

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Is California's Drought Finally Over?

Patch

Date: 1/14/2017 10:17:00 PM

The Russian River overflowed its banks, and Lake Oroville rose more than 90 feet since December, reported the Los Angeles Times. More than a dozen flooded communities have declared a state of emergency following the early January deluge of storms

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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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