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Vandals hindering driftwood removal from Lake Oroville

Chico Enterprise-Record

Date: 5/23/2017 4:37:00 PM

There’s a lot of driftwood on Lake Oroville due to this winter’s heavy rains, and someone is interfering with efforts to control it. State Parks, the Department of Water Resources and marina operators on the lake have been collecting, containing and

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Mysterious Rain of Fish Falls in Oroville, California

Date: 5/23/2017 4:29:00 PM

Oroville is in Butte County, California, and borders the Feather River and Lake Oroville recreation areas, so the next logical explanation is that the fish were brought to this school from their school in one of those bodies of water by … well

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Oroville Dam spillway reconstruction begins with ambitious deadline

Date: 5/23/2017 12:52:00 AM

Crews are also building a cement plant near Lake Oroville’s boat ramp. Sidhu explained some of the excavated materials will be recycled to be used for reconstruction. He estimates a little more than half of the materials needed will come from debris and

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Oroville Independence Day fireworks show moving to Forebay

Oroville Mercury-Register

Date: 5/22/2017 3:50:00 PM

“It keeps the tradition of fireworks over Lake Oroville, just at a different location.” The details still have to be finalized, but, “It’s gonna happen,” Laager said. It’s early in the planning stages, and even though people won’t be able to

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Boom lines meant to hold back driftwood on Lake Oroville being cut

KRCR News Channel 7

Date: 5/22/2017 3:39:00 PM

OROVILLE, Calif. - The California Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), Department of Water Resources (DWR) and marina partners at Lake Oroville State Recreation Area are advising recreational boaters to navigate carefully in areas where driftwood is

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