DWR issued notice that it will seek an updated environmental permit to operate the State Water Project through a state-based approach in partnership with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW).
DWR experts and federal and state regulators agree that the Oroville main spillway is performing as designed.
DWR conducted the fourth Phillips Station snow survey of 2019 on April 2.
Due to forecasted storms and growing snowpack, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) will begin to release flows at 11 a.m. Tuesday from the Oroville main spillway.
Due to forecasted storms in the Feather River basin, DWR has taken steps to prepare for use of the main spillway. DWR anticipates use of the spillway for the first time since it has been reconstructed on April 2, 2019.
Due to storms expected in the Feather River basin, DWR is taking steps to prepare for use of the main spillway potentially as early as the first week of April.
Following several strong winter storms that brought snowpack and precipitation to above average levels, DWR today announced it will increase the 2019 State Water Project (SWP) allocation.
DWR received notification that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved $205 million in federal funds to reimburse the state for spillway reconstruction costs related to the 2017 Oroville Dam spillways incident.
DWR is closely monitoring Oroville reservoir levels and current forecasts. While DWR does not currently anticipate using the reconstructed main spillway to manage lake levels in the coming days, we may utilize it later this year.
DWR is closely monitoring Oroville reservoir levels and current forecasts.