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40 Acre Fire west of Lake Oroville 40% Contained

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Date: 6/16/2018 5:59:00 PM

UPDATE 5 p.m. - The "Oregon Fire" is 40 percent contained and the blaze has not grown, it is still at 40 acres, according to Cal Fire. UPDATE 2:30 p.m. - Cal Fire-Butte County has been battling a 40-acre fire Saturday afternoon and crews are making

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Sacramento at its worst

Hanford Sentinel

Date: 6/15/2018 3:51:00 AM

Gallagher's bill about creating new management of the State Water Project made a lot of sense and is an urgent safety matter, especially in these parts because the Lake Oroville project serves as the cornerstone of the State Water Project. The school

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Infrastructure 2018: Still In Decay

Seeking Alpha

Date: 6/14/2018 3:55:00 AM

1 Nearly ten years later on February 7, 2017, in Oroville, California, officials evacuated more than 180,000 people after severe erosion on the Oroville Dam - the tallest dam in the U.S. - necessitated emergency releases of Lake Oroville water to avoid

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Bulldogs claim TOC title, 6-2

Paradise Post

Date: 6/12/2018 4:08:00 PM

In a game plagued by errors, eight passed balls, and only a few hits, the Paradise Major Bulldogs came away win a 6-2 victory over the Lake Oroville Tigers in the District 47 TOC championship game played at Chico’s DeGarmo Park Friday night. Paradise

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Blue Green Algae Bloom Found in Lake Oroville

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Date: 6/7/2018 7:35:00 PM

Oroville, Calif. - State Parks and Department of Water Resources Officials say a significant blue-green algae bloom has been discovered in the North Fork of Lake Oroville. While it doesn't pose a danger to swimmers, they say it's a good idea to avoid it

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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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