A small California city at the base of the tallest U.S. dam filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the state over an emergency that forced authorities to order 188,000 people to flee last year, arguing the crisis was caused by decades of mismanagement. The City of Oroville blames a culture of cronyism and a priority for low cost dam repairs over quality maintenance for the crisis.
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In this episode of “Deeply Talks,” Tara Lohan, managing editor of Water Deeply, and a panel of experts discuss the water issues to keep an eye on in 2018. Tara is joined by Jeffrey Mount, senior fellow with the Public Policy Institute of California, and Kimery Wiltshire, CEO and director of Carpe Diem West.
A lawsuit filed Wednesday against the state water agency in charge of the Oroville Dam not only alleges mismanagement and disregard for the public’s safety, but also a toxic work environment rife with racism, sexual harassment and theft. Top officials at the Department of Water Resources are at times referred to as the “water mafia” in a suit filed by the city of Oroville, which is demanding millions of dollars for infrastructure damage and costs associated with dam spillover and the evacuation of 188,000 in February 2017.
The city of Oroville sued the California Department of Water Resources on Wednesday over the Oroville Dam crisis, accusing the state agency of mismanaging the dam and knowingly performing inadequate maintenance on its main flood-control spillway. In a blistering lawsuit filed in Butte County Superior Court, the city said DWR encouraged a “culture of corruption” in which supervisors let underlings get away with shoddy maintenance.
A water main break in the Mountain View neighborhood of San Diego created a sinkhole that partially swallowed a pickup early Wednesday morning and flooded several nearby homes. The break in the 12-inch concrete pipe was reported shortly before 5:30 a.m. on Delta Street near South 43rd Street just west of Interstate 805 near the border with National City, officials said.
Growing up near Niagra Falls where water is plentiful hasn’t stopped Ramona resident Beth Prinz from becoming a conscientious water conservationist. Prinz first encountered caps on water use as a resident of Forest Falls, Calif., a small town of about 1,000 residents where she lived before moving to Ramona 20 years ago. During droughts, the local water district would turn off the taps for extended periods of the day, yet water would still flow to nearby Redlands residents, she said.
Winter is off to an alarmingly dry start across the Colorado River Basin, but you wouldn’t know it from the latest federal projections for Lake Mead. A monthly report by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation offers a slightly sunnier outlook for the reservoir than the agency had predicted in December, though both projections say the lake east of Las Vegas will finish the year about 5 feet lower than it is now.
A late arrival to winter is taking hold, and every creek, river and waterfall is acquiring its own personality. Some, like Silver Falls in the remote Santa Cruz Mountains, are roaring, having been jump-started by 7 inches of rain in the past week. Others, like Carson Falls in the Marin Watershed, have been brought to life in recent days, including 5.7 inches of rain a week ago Monday, with more on the way Thursday, Friday and early next week.