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Letter: State should deliver on Lake Oroville promises

Chico Enterprise-Record

Date: 7/29/2015 5:30:00 PM

Unfortunately Lake Oroville is now the poster child for the California drought. Aerials of its 200-foot-plus “bathtub ring” often appear in local, state and national media. Locals know better: There’s still plenty of lake for recreation if you could

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Exclusive: Mercury’s rise creates competition for California water

Central Valley Business Times

Date: 7/27/2015 9:39:00 PM

The district, located south of Chico between the Sacramento and Feather Rivers, delivers surface water from Lake Oroville to 58,000 irrigable acres. “The most critical time for a plant’s maturation is from the time rice seed is planted to the first

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What’s happening this weekend in Oroville

Oroville Mercury-Register

Date: 7/24/2015 8:33:00 PM

Narcotics Anonymous: Noon-6 p.m. 2688 Meyers St. Clean and Serene Group of NA. All welcome. 1-877-669-1669. Alcoholics Anonymous, Lake Oroville Fellowship: Noon-8 p.m. 2471 Bird St. All welcome. 538-8180. Drop-in Center: 11-3 p.m. Social/coffee time

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Nature columnist is speaker Wednesday at Lake Oroville Visitor Center

Chico Enterprise-Record

Date: 7/24/2015 7:47:00 PM

This week’s presenter in the free Wednesday speaker series at the Lake Oroville Visitor Center is Rex Burress speaking on “The Wonders of Water.” Burress is a photographer, author, naturalist and columnist for this newspaper. He’ll use slides to

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Sidelines: Lake Oroville Little League team gets honor; volleyball camp at Chico High starts Monday

Chico Enterprise-Record

Date: 7/24/2015 4:23:00 PM

The Lake Oroville Little League Majors 11-12-year-olds softball team that won the District 47 championship and finished second in the Section 2 tournament in Live Oak will receive an award at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Las Plumas High varsity softball field

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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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