Dams - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Dams New rules or rain? Lake Ontario residents seethe over floods Four months after an international body approved a new plan for regulating Lake Ontario's water level, property owners who had claimed the rules favored muskrat lodges over lakeside homes are piling sandbags against just the kind of floodwaters they had feared. But a joint U.S.-Canadian commission says its new rules aren't to blame for the waves crashing ... Wed, 03 May 2017 17:29:00 GMT 2017-05-03T17:29:00Z APNewsBreak: Montana dam, passage to save fish lacks funding HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A federal agency targeted by President Donald Trump for budget cuts next year has only about half the money needed to build a new Yellowstone River dam and a bypass channel meant to save an endangered fish, but it plans to begin construction anyway. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers inked a $36 million contract in 2015 with Ames Constr... Wed, 03 May 2017 00:24:00 GMT 2017-05-03T00:24:00Z The Latest: Senator vexed by bad communication at dam crisis OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the crisis at Oroville Dam (all times local): 6:20 p.m. A California state senator is troubled that residents below a damaged California dam knew little about potential risk until ordered to evacuate when a spillway began breaking up. Republican Sen. Jim Nielsen says communication... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 01:37:00 GMT 2017-04-20T01:37:00Z AP Exclusive: Missteps made in handling of dam crisis OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Late in the afternoon of Feb. 12, Sheriff Kory Honea was at the emergency operations center for the tallest dam in America when he overheard someone say something that stopped him in his tracks: "This is not good." Over six straight days, the operators of the Oroville Dam had said there was no immediate danger after water surging d... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 01:30:00 GMT 2017-04-20T01:30:00Z Documents shed light on officials' actions during dam crisis OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — An Associated Press examination has revealed federal and state managers made a series of questionable decisions before and during a recent crisis at America's tallest dam. For nearly a week in February, Oroville Dam managers assured the public there was no immediate danger after a massive crack opened in the main concrete chute that carries water from... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 21:53:00 GMT 2017-04-19T21:53:00Z Power plant restarted at California's troubled Oroville Dam SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Crews began restarting a power plant Friday at the base of Oroville Dam, allowing them to release water from the Northern California lake without having to send it over a badly damaged spillway, officials said. The move is a major milestone in the race to protect Oroville and downstream communities from the threat of flooding, sa... Fri, 03 Mar 2017 21:57:00 GMT 2017-03-03T21:57:00Z Official: Calif. faces $50B price tag for flood control WASHINGTON (AP) — California faces an estimated $50 billion price tag for roads, dams and other infrastructure threatened by floods such as the one that severely damaged Oroville Dam last month, the state's natural resources secretary said Wednesday. Nearly 200,000 people living near the country's tallest dam were evacuated three weeks ago amid fears of a... Wed, 01 Mar 2017 22:44:00 GMT 2017-03-01T22:44:00Z Storm-lashed California roads, dams could cost $1B to fix FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — The bill to repair California's crumbling roads, dams and other critical infrastructure hammered by an onslaught of storms this winter could top $1 billion, including nearly $600 million alone for damaged roadways that more than doubles what the state budgeted for road repair emergencies, officials said Friday. Adding to the problems... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 23:48:00 GMT 2017-02-24T23:48:00Z Rural California levees besieged by pounding wet winter SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Billions of dollars in flood projects have eased fears of levee breaks near California's capital and some other cities, but state and federal workers are joining farmers with tractors in round-the-clock battles this week to stave off any chain-reaction failure of rural levees protecting farms and farm towns. As the wet winter forces o... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 22:25:00 GMT 2017-02-24T22:25:00Z 2 dams illustrate challenge of maintaining older designs LOS ANGELES (AP) — Twelve years ago, widespread destruction from Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast helped compel federal engineers 2,000 miles away in California to remake a 1950s-era dam by constructing a massive steel-and-concrete gutter that would manage surging waters in times of torrential storms. The nearly $1 billion auxiliary spillway at Folsom ... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 01:30:00 GMT 2017-02-20T01:30:00Z What we know so far about problems at the tallest US dam It's been more than a week since engineers at the nation's tallest dam noticed damage to its emergency spillway, launching a series of events that culminated with the threat of catastrophic flooding and the two-day evacuation of nearly 200,000 California residents downstream. Officials said Thursday that they are confident the lake behind Oroville Dam wil... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 03:46:00 GMT 2017-02-17T03:46:00Z Dam evacuees relieved but frustrated as they head home CHICO, Calif. (AP) — At churches, fairgrounds and other makeshift shelters, thousands of Californians packed what belongings they had into garbage bags and suitcases to return home Tuesday, two days after they were told to flee the threat of massive flooding from a dam's damaged spillway. They expressed relief as authorities lifted an evacuation order for... Wed, 15 Feb 2017 01:25:00 GMT 2017-02-15T01:25:00Z Lake Oroville critical to California's complex water system SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Lake Oroville and its dam in Northern California are critical components in California's complex water-delivery system. Damage to spillways that are used to drop water levels in the lake and relieve pressure on the dam prompted evacuation orders covering nearly 200,000 people. Here's a look at Lake Oroville and its place in California's water system ... Tue, 14 Feb 2017 08:52:00 GMT 2017-02-14T08:52:00Z California dam managers dismissed flood concern 12 years ago Environmental activists and local government officials warned more than a decade ago about the risk of catastrophic flooding below a major Northern California dam — the very scenario that threatened to unfold over the weekend, prompting evacuation orders for nearly 200,000 people. State and federal regulators dismissed those fears at the time, saying they... Tue, 14 Feb 2017 03:55:00 GMT 2017-02-14T03:55:00Z The Latest: Gov. Brown says he was unaware of flood concerns OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on problems with an emergency spillway at the nation's tallest dam (all times local): 7 p.m. Gov. Jerry Brown says he wasn't previously aware of a report that surfaced Monday indicating environmentalists raised concerns about the Oroville Dam emergency spillway in 2005. He says he's ... Tue, 14 Feb 2017 03:14:00 GMT 2017-02-14T03:14:00Z Evacuees might not go home until dam spillway is repaired OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Helicopters dropped giant rock-filled sandbags into place Monday to shore up a California reservoir that had threatened to breach its banks and unleash a 30-foot wall of water, but officials said an evacuation order covering nearly 200,000 people would stay in place until they are sure it's safe to return home. Officials defended t... Tue, 14 Feb 2017 03:13:00 GMT 2017-02-14T03:13:00Z The Latest: State officials await dawn to inspect spillway OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on problems with an emergency spillway at the nation's tallest dam (all times local): 6:10 a.m. State officials are waiting for the light of dawn to inspect an erosion scar on the potentially hazardous emergency spillway at northern California's Oroville Dam. California Department of... Mon, 13 Feb 2017 14:13:00 GMT 2017-02-13T14:13:00Z Sacrificing California spillway may avoid emergency releases OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — California may avoid emergency releases from a rain-choked reservoir by further sacrificing a rapidly deteriorating concrete spillway while still protecting Oroville Dam, state officials said Friday. The California Department of Water Resources significantly increased releases from Lake Oroville even though unexpected erosion chewe... Sat, 11 Feb 2017 01:17:00 GMT 2017-02-11T01:17:00Z Judge asked to lift hold on Yellowstone dam and protect fish BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. officials are pressing a federal judge to lift his 2015 order blocking a proposed irrigation dam and fish passage on the Yellowstone River, warning that a rapidly-disappearing, ancient fish species faces a grim future with further delays to construction. Fisheries biologists have questioned if the $57 million project near Glend... Thu, 02 Feb 2017 20:25:00 GMT 2017-02-02T20:25:00Z New Yellowstone dam challenged over sturgeon worries BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife advocates plan to challenge the approval of a new Yellowstone River dam aimed at benefiting Montana and North Dakota farmers that critics say could kill off a dwindling population of a fish species dating to the time of dinosaurs. A bypass channel would be built alongside the concrete irrigation dam near the Montana-North D... Mon, 02 Jan 2017 21:55:00 GMT 2017-01-02T21:55:00Z Ethiopia opens massive Gibe 3 hydroelectric dam on Omo River ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia on Saturday officially opened the Gibe 3 hydroelectric dam, which is among the biggest in Africa, despite concerns by environmentalists about its impact downstream and upon neighboring countries. Ethiopia aims to produce 15,000 megawatts of electricity through its dams in the coming five years, Prime Minister Hailemar... Sat, 17 Dec 2016 17:36:00 GMT 2016-12-17T17:36:00Z Feds give 20 more years to Glen Canyon Dam on Colorado River LAS VEGAS (AP) — The federal government is committing to at least another 20 years of use of a huge Colorado River dam that officials call crucial to states in the West, but that critics say is unstable and should be removed. "Politics belong out of this, because water is life," said U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell at a conference of key water manage... Fri, 16 Dec 2016 01:17:00 GMT 2016-12-16T01:17:00Z Brown water, beaver battle among early signs of water woes ATLANTA (AP) — Beaver dams have been demolished, burbling fountains silenced, and the drinking water in one southern town has taken on the light brownish color of sweet tea. Though water shortages have yet to drastically change most people's lifestyles, southerners are beginning to realize that they'll need to save their drinking supplies with no end in sight to an eight-mon... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 00:30:00 GMT 2016-11-28T00:30:00Z