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    I'm sure most of us remember the disaster at Lake Oroville a couple of years ago when funds for a replacement spillway were diverted elsewhere and the results were a catastrophe of epic proportion. This forced the premature release of millions of gallons of water, at a time when our state has been suffering through an on going drought.

    As of yesterday Oroville is down 235' and it was also the first day that the regulators thought it might be a good idea to start capturing more water than they were releasing.

    The question in my mind is will Oroville ever be allowed to fill to full pool again, or was the dam compromised prohibiting filling completely, and WTF are they waiting for?
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    This is just my Opinion......In some ways this was a good thing that happened....Noone was killed, but the guys running dams all over the COUNTRY have been slapped in the face and will start taking care of business more.

    I had not heard of the "Diverting funds away from Spillway replacement" but I don't get local newspapers and such. The real stupidity to me was that, after the main spillway failure, they seemed surprised that the emergency spillway (Composed of DIRT below the "Edge") would start to errode......How dumb can you get?
    The actual dam was in no way damaged or compromised.....

    I think they will just have to be a bit more careful about how they let ALL of our lakes fill...The weather has become very unpredictable.....Sadly, the proper way to use a large reservoir is to allow some excess room for large run-off events, which of course means that the lakes have to remain down 20-40 feet at the highest....(I BOAT camp, so that is just a killer when you have to haul your gear up to the trees from the boat.....In 2008 I believe, Trinity was 50 feet down...I lost 4 lbs in 10 days! (Invariably, I would hike up to the tree line, then stop in the shade....Suddenly look around; "Where's the water jug?! OH damn!!!!" and start on back down (My dog, having laid down in the shade, would just look at me and roll her eyes....)

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