Oroville Dam Forced to Use Emergency Spillway after Crisis

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Article courtesy of Henry Fountain | February 13th, 2017 | New York Times | Shared as educational material.

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The Oroville Dam in California was forced to use its emergency spillway for the first time since its construction nearly 50 years ago. The dam is also using its main spillway, which is damaged by erosion. Lake Oroville is one of the largest manmade lakes in the United States. The Oroville Dam is the nation’s tallest dam and is pivotal in California’s water delivery network, supplying water for agriculture in the Central Valley and to businesses in southern California. Read more here.

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