Oroville Dam


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Oroville Dam,

770 ft (235 m) high and 7,600 ft (2,317 m) long, on the Feather River, N Calif., near the city of Oroville. The highest dam in the United States and the largest unit of the Feather River project, the dam was built (1957–68) to provide electric power, drinking water, and irrigation for central and S California. Lake Oroville, created by the dam, is California's second largest reservoir. In Feb., 2017, erosion of the dam's emergency spillway, the use of which occurred due to an overcapacity reservoir, led to fears of the spillway's failure and collapse, and resulted in the temporary evacuation of nearly 200,000 people from Oroville and other communities downstream.
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That's a lesson some scientists extract from the Oroville Dam emergency in 2017 that caused the evacuation of 180,000 people after floodwater overran the emergency spillways.
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In early February of 2017 the operators of the Oroville Dam released at much as 65,000 cubic feet per second down the main spillway, until the spillway began to collapse.
When such an increase occurred over 10 years in the Colorado Basin in the 1980s, it caused large-scale flooding that (http://www.hcn.org/external_files/40years/blog/WaterPolicyChaosArticle.pdf) threatened the structural stability of Glen Canyon Dam , due to a spillway failure not unlike (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oroville_Dam_crisis) the recent collapse at California's Oroville Dam.
Hundreds of thousands of people live downstream of the dams in Lane County, but none of the dams hold back as much water as Oroville Dam.
The near-collapse of the Oroville Dam in northern California in February could have been catastrophic.
When my shelter had to evacuate about 80 dogs in February (go ahead and Google "Oroville Dam"--my shelter and 1 are both located just downstream) -1 was miraculously able to put a wealth of harnesses into use on dogs who had never been taught not to pull.
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