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Oroville Mercury-Register

Date: 8/28/2015 8:21:00 PM

Bring snack to share or purchase food downtown. 1335 Myers St. 533-8370. Forebay Aquatic Center: 6-9 p.m. Lake Oroville SRA-led full moon paddle. Take off at sunset and come in by light of moon rising above the Dam and hills. Register at

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Keep saving, says water czar Smith as he heads into retirement

Pleasanton Weekly

Date: 8/28/2015 12:24:00 AM

It's the snowpack that counts, he explained, not rain which flows off into the ocean. The snowpack fills Lake Oroville, where Pleasanton -- through its water wholesaler, Zone 7 -- gets much of its drinking water. The rest comes from groundwater "which the

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North State Fishing Report

Oroville Mercury-Register

Date: 8/27/2015 10:37:00 PM

Cut baits — sardines — work well. The Tackle Box 898-9761. Lake Oroville >> Not a lot of boats on the lake. Few who are get fish drop-shotting worms or dragging tubes. Main lake is holding bass. Bass Tackle Depot 533-4990. Lake Almanor >> Water temps

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South Oroville water agency seeks to transfer water south of Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

Chico Enterprise-Record

Date: 8/27/2015 7:50:00 PM

Public comment is being accepted through Sept. 14. If approved, the agency would spill the water from its Little Grass Valley and Sly Grass reservoirs into Ponderosa Reservoir and then into Lake Oroville, which is managed by the state. The water would be

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California pushes forward on renewable power

Los Angeles Daily News

Date: 8/24/2015 12:39:00 AM

Not all forms of renewable energy get counted. Large hydropower projects, such as those generated by the dams off Lake Shasta, Lake Oroville or Folsom Lake, are excluded. So are most rooftop solar panel installations, as opposed to the large solar arrays

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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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