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News Network: Reporters Update Oroville Spillway Situation

California Department of Water Resources

The volume of water poses no flood threat downstream and should remain within the capacity of the Feather River and other channels to handle. Oroville Dam in Butte County itself remains safe with no imminent threat to the public. Photo taken Feb. 12.

California Department of Water Resources

Insight takes a look at a report from the San Jose Mercury News suggesting the spillway crisis was long overdue. The report highlights how concerns about the condition of the Lake Oroville emergency spillway are more than a decade old.

Back in 2005 and 2006, several environmental groups filed formal motions with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, calling for an armored concrete emergency spillway.

Paul Rogers is a science reporter with KQED and the San Jose Mercury News and has been following this story, and says it's FERC now wants action.

"In fact, ... FERC just sent an order to the state Department of Water Resources ordering them, within five days, to convene an independent panel of experts to look into what happened, to make recommendations on how to fix it quickly, and what recommendations permanently need to be made going forward," says Rogers.

Insight also checks in with other reporters who have been on the ground in Oroville.

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