July 4, 2019
Happy Independence Day!
Water releases from Hyatt Powerplant are approximately 7,500 cubic feet per second (cfs). The current elevation of Oroville reservoir is 893 feet. As we move into summer, DWR increases releases to the river from Lake Oroville to supplement the natural flows in order to meet environmental flows, salinity standards, and south of Delta State Water Project exports. Releases from the federal Central Valley Project and the State Water Project from Lake Oroville help balance conditions. Current weather forecasts and expected inflow will not require the use of Oroville’s main spillway. If DWR determines that it is necessary to use the main spillway, in addition to Hyatt Powerplant, DWR will notify the public and media.
Fourth of July Celebration in Oroville
Several local partners including DWR, the Rotary Club of Oroville, California State Parks and more are hosting a fireworks show at the Thermalito North Forebay recreation area, as well as at the nearby Feather River Recreation and Park District's Nelson Sports Complex, on July 4. Activities will start at 4 p.m. and continue through 8 p.m. The fireworks display will start 30 minutes after sunset. Check out the event’s Facebook page for the latest information: https://www.facebook.com/events/688980548216637/.
Update on Lake Oroville Algae Bloom
The “Caution Advisory” for algae blooms in the Middle Fork of Lake Oroville has been lifted after lab tests found no toxins in the blooms. Visitors to area waterways are advised to avoid algae or scum in the water which can be hazardous to pets and people, especially children.
Watch for advisory notices, which will be posted at all boat launch facilities and water recreation sites. For more information, visit the California Water Boards website at https://mywaterquality.ca.gov/habs/index.html. As always, have fun and be safe!
DWR Reopening Public Access to Top of Oroville Dam
Thank you to everyone who came out for the reopening of Oroville Dam Crest Road (also known as Oroville Dam Road) on Saturday, June 29. Check out the video from the Dam Crest Road reopening: https://youtu.be/4tworN-Wxxk. We’re happy to be able to reopen this popular and important recreation attraction.
The Dam Crest Road, as well as parking at the Upper Overlook, is open to the public from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week. For safety considerations, the community is required to use the pedestrian lane on the lakeside of Dam Crest Road. The public will not be able to drive across the top of the dam at this time. For more information, visit: https://water.ca.gov/News/News-Releases/2019/June/Oroville-Dam-Crest-Road-Reopening-to-Public.
Spillway Boat Ramp Reopening
Later this summer, DWR will reopen public access to the Spillway Boat Ramp. The boat launch and parking lots will be open to the public Friday through Sunday during daylight hours beginning in early August 2019. The Spillway Boat Ramp will remain closed Monday through Thursday to accommodate ongoing construction. DWR plans to open it 7 days a week this fall once major construction activities are completed although access may be restricted again once construction ramps back up. The California Highway Patrol will staff new security kiosks at the south end of the Dam Crest Road and before crossing the over the main spillway vehicle bridge. New security measures are currently being updated in coordination with local and state law enforcement agencies including the CHP, Butte County Sheriff’s Office, California State Parks and Cal OES.
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