The State Department of Water Resources is lowering the water level in Lake Oroville right now for expanded construction access to the upper chute of the main spillway.
That's because recent work revealed bedrock conditions that require additional excavation, and the goal is to meet the November 1st public safety construction deadline.
Water releases ramped up from the Hyatt Power Plant Thursday and will increase to about 45 hundred cubic feet per second into early next week ... until the level drops to 808 feet.
As the lake level drops, some Lake Oroville boat ramp lanes will become inaccessible.
The announcement was made Friday and DWR said it will provide additional updates regarding construction and recreation impacts next week.
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