DWR Updates

A drone provides an aerial view of the small cloud mist formed as water flows over the four energy dissipator blocks at the end of the Lake Oroville main spillway. The California Department of Water Resources increased the water release down the main spillway from 4,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 8,000 cfs. Main spillway releases will continue to manage lake levels in anticipation of rain and snowmelt. Photo taken March 10, 2023.

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) began releasing water from the main Oroville Dam spillway at noon Friday. Total releases from Oroville Dam to the Feather River remain at 15,000 cubic feet per second (cfs).

The spillway at Oroville Dam is seen in this aerial photograph taken via drone in Butte County. Photo taken May 4, 2021.

With ongoing wet weather and in anticipation of increased runoff inflows into the reservoir, DWR will increase outflows through the Hyatt Powerplant on Wednesday.