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Updated: 1/06 5:55 pm

Lake Oroville is only a third full, well below its historic average. This big drop in water has raised several concerns.

“See this dock wouldn't even be here,” said Bill Harper, general manager of Bidwell Canyon Marina. “All this stuff is supposed to be in the back.”

It's tough times for Lake Oroville; water levels are at the lowest they've been in years and that means crews have had to adjust to help keep both boats and business afloat.

“We've had to tear apart our marina and move a lot of the marina itself into Loafer Creek,” Harper said. “It's a huge impact. All this stuff moves up the hill. We've moved about 1,700 feet.”

To help things get back on track, crews have moved boats and equipment. They've also added hundreds of feet of steel cable to hold everything in place.

All this labor is very expensive and if the weather doesn't improve soon it could cost a whole lot more.

“A least a quarter of a million dollars and that’s if we do get rain,” Harper said. “Who knows what it will cost if it keeps staying dry. So let’s hope for the best.”

 

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gsphillips1 - 1/7/2014 7:46 AM
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DWR is now strongly recommending conservation! This is the same DWR that had the spillway dumping water for over 3 weeks during the summer. This is the same DWR that lowered the lake a couple of months ago to make repairs on an access road that they should have made last year. NOW they get concerned? A little late for that!

gsphillips1 - 1/7/2014 7:45 AM
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Now DWR is recommendung conservation! This is the same DWR that had the spillway running hard for over 3 weeks in the middle of last summer. The same DWR that lowered the lake a few months ago to "make repairs" to one of their access roads. I guess they should be forgiven though, given the fact that they have never been known for making good decisions!

NorCalGold - 1/6/2014 9:29 PM
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Uh oh, time for the Dept of Water resources to throw someone under the bus... Hmmm, I got it! Let's blame it on the gold miners, again! Just like a few years ago when they stupidly allowed too much water out of the reservoirs for the farmers which ended up decimating the salmon populations by dropping water levels in the salmon spawning zones right in the middle of the spawning season. Then they tried to blame it on dredgers... What a farce... Good thing we have all this government oversight!

NorCalGold - 1/6/2014 9:28 PM
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Uh oh, time for the Dept of Water resources to throw someone under the bus... Hmmm, I got it! Let's blame it one the gold miners, again! Just like a few years ago when they stupidly allowed too much water out of the reservoirs for the farmers which ended up decimating the salmon populations by dropping water levels in the salmon spawning zones right in the middle of the spawning season. Then they tried to blame it on dredgers... What a farce... Good thing we have all this government oversight!
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