State Water Official: Significant spike in releases planned for Feather River

Mar 23, 2016 9:29 PM by David McVicker

The Department of Water Resources announced Wednesday that they will begin to increase the flow of water into the Feather River by approximately six times its current flow beginning Thursday morning.

Kevin Dossey, senior engineer with the Department of Water Resources, said the flow will be increased to reduce the risk of flooding at the dam.

Dossey warned that fisherman, swimmers, boaters and other river users should be aware of the increased flows. He said that as the dam is opened more water will be introduced and the river will become deeper and swifter.

The Feather River High Flow Channel, which is located below the Thermalito Afterbay just southwest of the Oroville Airport, is expected to rise approximately 2 to 4 feet, depending on the width of the river at any given section, according to the DWR.

Increased flow is expected to remain at these levels for at least 6 days. The Department of Water Resources will monitor conditions of the dam and river and adjust the schedule accordingly.

Army Corps of Engineers flood control criteria requires officials to maintain flood storage capacity at Lake Oroville to a certain level.

Although this is not considered a major flood event, the Department of Water Resources said it has been more than 3 years since flows have been at this increased level.


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