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California Politicians Weigh In On Oroville Dam Report

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

Crews set up concrete pours in a checkerboard pattern at Lake Oroville. Workers must wait four days for concrete to cure before pouring adjacent concrete. Millions of cubic feet of concrete will be poured before the project is completed.

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

"A long-term systemic failure."

The words leap off the opening page of the independent forensic report that examined the Oroville Dam crisis in February of last year. The dam's main spillway broke down, the emergency spillway — which had never before been used — was not in any shape to handle the water flows, and nearly 200,000 people had to evacuate.

We now have the final report from independent engineering consultants about what went wrong — and while the report clearly states that the incident "cannot reasonably be 'blamed' mainly on any one individual, group, or organization" the California Department of Water Resources sure comes in for a lot of criticism.

Assemblyman James Gallagher has been a vocal critic of the DWR response to the spillway crisis and its maintenance of the dam.

 Oroville Dam

Chris Remington

Former Producer, Insight

Chris joined Capital Public Radio’s “Insight with Beth Ruyak” in September 2016, booking a wide variety of guests, developing questions and producing music elements for the program.  Read Full Bio 

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