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Water Officials Release Information On The Condition Of California Dams

Photo by Dept. of Water Resources
 

Photo by Dept. of Water Resources

California water officials released the latest information on the conditions of the state's dams Friday.

A lot of focus has been given to the aging infrastructure in the wake of this past winter's spillway problems at Lake Oroville.

DWR Spokeswoman Erin Mellon says the state is now prioritizing which dams need attention first.

"Certainly people in the State of California are safe," says Mellon. "But that being said, as we saw in Oroville, anything can happen and we need to stay ahead of the ball and we need to be catching problems before they become problems."

Mellon says of the more than 1,200 dams under the jurisdiction of the California Division of Safety of Dams, Oroville tops the list, followed by Castaic and Perris Dams in Southern California.

Those two need seismic upgrades.

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