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  • Memo Shows Seven State-Operated Dams Need a Closer Look in Wake of Oroville Dam Incident

    02/06/2018 2:28:42 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Feb 5, 2018 | Stephen Stock, Rachel Witte and Michael Horn
    NBC Bay Area obtained a memo written by engineers at California’s Department of Water Resources (DWR) in June 2017 that raises safety questions involving seven dams owned and operated by the agency. The memo was sent by DWR to the state’s Division of Safety of Dams and copied to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which oversees dam safety and regulation around the country. It states the seven dams are in need of immediate evaluation. The memo questions whether the seven dams, which are similar in age, design and construction to Oroville Dam, may have, “potential geologic, structural or performance issues...
  • Ice Chokes Connecticut River in Haddam, Causing "Emergency Condition"

    01/18/2018 12:31:17 PM PST · by sodpoodle · 10 replies
    Hartford Courant ^ | 01/18/2018 | Matthew Ormseth
    Ice dams and flooding pose a danger to Haddam residents, the town’s top elected official said, prompting her to declare that an “emergency condition” exists in the riverside town. First Selectwoman Lizz Milardo made the emergency declaration Thursday. The proclamation will be forwarded to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in hopes he will proclaim that the town is in a state of emergency so the town may get state and federal assistance for any damage. “The First Selectman has declared that an emergency condition exists throughout the said Town…It has now been found that local resources are unable to cope with...
  • The health of our infrastructure: How Nevada ranks and what improvements are on the horizon

    09/04/2017 12:59:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    The Las Vegas Sun ^ | August 21, 2017 | Daniel Rothberg
    “We have bridges that are falling down,” then-candidate Donald Trump told Fox last August, pledging to double the amount Hillary Clinton wanted to spend on infrastructure as president of the United States. “We’ll get a fund, we’ll make a phenomenal deal with the low interest rates and rebuild our infrastructure.” One year later and eight months into his presidency, Trump has continued to double down on his lofty promises — during “Infrastructure Week” in June, he told his supporters in Cincinnati that the U.S. “deserves the best infrastructure in the world.” But the administration has been slow to move its...
  • Evacuations ordered due to levee breach south of Manteca

    02/20/2017 8:08:52 PM PST · by Mariner · 65 replies
    KCRA Sacramento ^ | February 20th, 2017 | KCRA Staff
    MANTECA, Calif. (KCRA) — A levee near Manteca was breached Monday night leading to mandatory evacuations in the area, according to San Joaquin County officials said. Mandatory evacuations were ordered for people living within the below boundary:.... The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for the pictured area on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017, due to a levee breach south of Manteca. The warning is set to expire at 7 a.m. Tuesday.
  • Breaking: TID preparing to open Don Pedro Reservoir spillway as early as 3 p.m. Monday

    02/20/2017 6:34:24 AM PST · by keat · 52 replies
    The Modesto Bee ^ | February 20, 2017 | Brian Clark
    The spillway gates at Don Pedro Reservoir could open as early as 3 p.m. Monday, but no earlier, authorities said. The Turlock Irrigation District made the declaration late Sunday night due to “volatile changes in forecasts for upcoming storms,” an agency press release stated. “Landowners, growers and those living along the Tuolumne River, out of an abundance of caution, should undertake necessary steps to protect their property and livestock as Tuolumne River levels will rise quickly,” the agency stated in an 11 p.m. press statement. Opening the spillway would provide relief for the brimming reservoir, which was just under 4.5...
  • NWS cancels flash flood warning for area around Nevada dam

    02/21/2017 2:13:36 PM PST · by ColdOne · 186 replies
    Dayton Ohio's whio.com ^ | 2/21/17 | Dayton Ohio's whio.com staff
    The National Weather Service in Reno, Nevada is warning of an "imminent" dam break about 85 miles northeast of the Reno-Lake Tahoe area. The NWS is urging people to evacuate immediately. URGENT: Retention basin above East Dayton, NV failing! FLASH FLOOD WARNING UNTIL 6:40PM. THIS IS NOT A DRILL. #NVWx #DamFailure pic.twitter.com/frXe8qhyI5 — NWS Reno (@NWSReno) February 21, 2017 The area was already dealing with a Winter Storm Warni
  • Tear Down this Dam?

    02/18/2017 12:51:12 PM PST · by Rummyfan · 42 replies
    The Hill ^ | 14 Feb 2017 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Tear down this dam? © Getty Images Oroville dam, the tallest in the nation, is currently in danger of structural failure. Thousands living downstream from its desperate cascading water releases are evacuating their homes in Hollywood disaster-film fashion. Something premodern and apocalyptic like this was not supposed to have happened in a postmodern California of Google, Hollywood, and Napa Valley wineries. California’s politicians and pundits in recent years of drought swore the state was entering a cycle of permanent drought (and thus saw no need to start construction on a single dam to store the rain and snow that supposedly...
  • Michigan Has Thousands of Crumbling Dams Pose Dangers

    02/17/2017 5:13:01 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    UpNorthLive ^ | Wednesday, February 15th 2017
    Michigan has thousands of aging and under-maintained dams that could pose localized risks. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality tells the Detroit Free Press that all but six of the state's 88 potential high-hazard dams are approaching 50 years old, the average engineered life span for a dam. The American Society of Civil Engineers gave Michigan a D grade on the condition of its dams in 2009, saying more than 90 percent of the state's nearly 2,600 dams would reach or exceed their design life by 2020.
  • The Oroville Dam Crisis Could Happen Elsewhere

    02/16/2017 1:13:35 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Nationak Geographic ^ | FEBRUARY 15, 2017 | Christina Nunez
    The damaged California dam is in the spotlight now, but it’s not alone among the facilities needing upgrades if more problems are to be avoided.How many U.S. dams are at risk of a crisis like the one currently unfolding in California, as officials work to stave off disaster at the compromised Oroville Dam? The short answer is, we don’t really know—but probably quite a few. Until this month, Oroville’s emergency spillway had never been used in its nearly 50-year history. After weeks of rain and a breach in the dam’s main spillway, officials turned to the auxiliary one to help...
  • Obama Stimulus Funds:$22 Million Went to California Dam in ‘Good Shape’,$0 for Failing Oroville Dam

    02/16/2017 4:00:54 PM PST · by davikkm · 17 replies
    thegatewaypundit ^ | Ryan Saavedra
    Millions Went To California Dam In Good Shape The Washington Free Beacon is reporting that of the $34 billion that the State of California received from Obama’s 2009 stimulus package, $0 went to the failing Oroville dam while millions went to a dam that was in ‘good shape’. From The Free Beacon: Despite more than a decade of warnings about Oroville, there is no public record of the country’s tallest dam receiving any of the more than $34 billion from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act sent to California for infrastructure projects. Over $22 million in stimulus funds did go...
  • Flooding Concerns Heightened in South Bay as Full Anderson Reservoir Expected to Overflow

    02/16/2017 12:20:11 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Feb 15, 2017 | Bob Redell and Brendan Weber
    Rising water filling up Santa Clara County's Anderson Reservoir, which was 99.3 percent full as of Wednesday, is expected to flow over the dam's spillway as a result of this week's impending storms. Unlike the potentially catastrophic situation with Lake Oroville's emergency spillway, the Anderson Reservoir's operational spillway is not at risk of failure, according to Santa Clara Valley Water District officials. Despite that good news, officials in Santa Clara County are warning residents living along Coyote Creek and near Kelley Park to be on the lookout for potential flooding. Water officials for the past month have been releasing water...
  • After Oroville Dam State of Emergency, Experts Look at Southern Oregon Dams

    02/15/2017 7:01:19 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    KTVL ^ | Wednesday, February 15th 2017 | Mike Marut
    In Oregon, seven dams have been deemed unsatisfactory - one in Josephine County, another in Curry County. Oregon Water Resources Department and Josephine County Parks say they know the McMullen Dam in Lake Selmac has problems. They have known for years. "With the parks budget being just over $1 million, the cost of the dam itself is going to come in between {$1 million and $3 million] dollars to improve it," Josephine County Parks manager Sarah Wright said. To get an 'unsatisfactory' result means the dam cannot contain or handle a moderate sized flood. At Lake Selmac, that's rare -...
  • Did US Ally Qatar Free Imprisoned Americans in Exchange for Al Qaeda Terrorist?

    01/29/2015 8:05:19 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 01/29/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Problematic, in a very big way even if the offer was made.Qatar’s ties to Al Qaeda and ISIS aren’t news. They’ve effectively served as intermediaries in everything from ransom exchanges for hostages to Taliban negotiations. But actually trying to secure terrorist swaps for prisoners on their own behalf would have been a new frontier. Before he was released from a U.S. maximum-security prison last week, a confessed al Qaeda sleeper agent was offered up in a potential prisoner swap that would have freed two Americans held abroad.According to two individuals with direct knowledge of the case, the proposition was...
  • Drenched by 'March Miracle,' Northern California reservoirs inch toward capacity

    03/14/2016 5:32:01 PM PDT · by george76 · 35 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 14, 2016 | Joseph Serna
    A series of storms pushed California’s biggest reservoir past its historical average for mid-March this weekend and put the second largest one on track for doing the same by Monday afternoon, officials said. Together the Lake Shasta and Lake Oroville reservoirs have the capacity to hold more than 8 million acre feet of water and after a wet weekend in Northern California, they were 79% and 70% full, respectively ... According to the National Weather Service, it rained nearly a foot in El Dorado County and more than nine inches in Shasta County between Friday and Monday mornings. Since March...
  • Klamath River dams moving toward removal despite congressional barriers ( CA & OR )

    02/08/2016 9:41:55 PM PST · by george76 · 37 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Feb. 3, 2016 | Bettina Boxall
    California, Oregon and the federal government are working on a way around congressional barriers to the removal of hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River. The states, the U.S. Interior Department and the owner of the dams, PacifiCorp, announced Tuesday that they have agreed in principle to pursue removal through the federal dam relicensing process. The move comes after a complex deal to decommission four hydroelectric dams and restore portions of the historic salmon river fell apart when Congress failed to act on a crucial piece of the pact by a Dec. 31 deadline. Republican members of Congress and local elected...
  • Klamath Basin: Water pact crumbles in Congress after years of work ( Oregon & California )

    12/21/2015 6:20:12 PM PST · by george76 · 30 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | December 19, 2015 | Jeff Mapes
    The agreement never sold well either in solidly Republican Klamath County or on the California side of the border, where the idea of removing dams and tilting the scale toward environmental and tribal purposes was regarded suspiciously. "They try to say the community is for it, and it's not true at all," said Klamath County Chairman Tom Mallams, noting that almost all successful candidates in the area run against the agreement. ... Among western Republicans, the idea of removing the dams has been viewed with great suspicion, even though the aged structures are relatively small hydroelectric producers, aren't used for...
  • Chinese hack U.S. weather systems, satellite network

    11/12/2014 1:08:46 PM PST · by Kartographer · 50 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/12/14 | Mary Pat Flaherty, Jason Samenow and Lisa Rein
    Hackers from China breached the federal weather network recently, forcing cybersecurity teams to seal off data vital to disaster planning, aviation, shipping and scores of other crucial uses, officials said. The intrusion occurred in late September but officials gave no indication that they had a problem until Oct. 20, according to three people familiar with the hack and the subsequent reaction by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or NOAA, which includes the National Weather Service. Even then, NOAA did not say its systems were compromised.
  • ‘Water Gandhi’ of India Turns Dust Bowls Into Lush Villages Using Ancient Ways

    04/25/2015 10:17:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Good News Network ^ | March 22, 2015 | Staff
    A $150,000 prize has been awarded to the “Water Gandhi of India” for his wildly successful work that turns abandoned, impoverished “dust bowls” into lush villages bustling with life again using an ancient method of rainwater harvesting. For teaching thousands of villagers in India’s most arid region how to build earthen dams to catch the monsoon rains and revitalize their land, Rajendra Singh was honored Friday with the 2015 Stockholm Water Prize. 30 years ago, Singh went to the poverty-stricken state of Rajasthan with the aim of setting up health clinics. He was told by villagers, however, that their greatest...
  • Man-made disaster': Critics say California drought caused by misguided environment policies

    04/16/2015 11:14:46 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 32 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4-16-15 | Malia Zimmerman
    The blistering drought that has Californians timing their showers, driving dirty cars and staring at brown lawns and empty swimming pools is a “man-made disaster,” according to critics, who say the Golden State’s misguided environmental policies allow much-needed freshwater to flow straight into the Pacific. In an average year, California gets enough snow and rain to put 200 million acres under a foot of water, but environmental opposition to dams over the last several decades has allowed the majority of the freshwater to flow into the ocean, even as the state’s population exploded to nearly 40 million people. ~snip~ “This...
  • California’s Green Drought

    04/06/2015 12:04:54 PM PDT · by fifedom · 47 replies
    The Wall Street Journal | April 5, 2015 | WSJ editors
    The liberals who run California have long purported that their green policies are a free (organic) lunch, but the bills are coming due. Lo, Governor Jerry Brown has mandated a 25% statewide reduction in water use. Consider this rationing a surcharge for decades of environmental excess.