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DWR announces plan to lower Lake Oroville water level

The Department of Water Resources announced they will be lowering the water level at Lake Oroville for spillway construction.

Posted: Jun 27, 2018 8:03 AM
Updated: Jun 27, 2018 8:25 AM

The Department of Water Resources announced they will be lowering the water level at Lake Oroville.


The DWR says they have to lower the water level to give construction crews access to parts of the spillway as they continue to rebuild it follow the spillway crisis in 2017.

However, some people are upset about the timing, happening right before the Fourth of July holiday.

The Oroville Recreational Advisory Committee says the holiday is the busiest time of year for the lake, next to Memorial Day and Labor Day.

"The significant economic impact to our area, loss of jobs, loss of revenues and whatever else is really such an unconscionable and stupid thing. The locals are extremely frustrated," said Kevin Zeitler, Oroville Recreational Advisory Committee chairman.

As lake levels drop, some boat ramps will become unusable. When that happens, Zeilter says visitors may be inclined to take their money elsewhere.

Several local lawmakers also share the same concern. Congressman Doug LaMalfa, State Senator Jim Neilsen and Assemblyman James Gallager wrote a letter to the DWR director.

Action News Now will continue to keep you updated on the spillway construction progress and Lake Oroville water level.

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