Department of Water Resources halts releases from Oroville Dam Spillway

The Department of Water Resources has stopped releases from the Oroville Dam Spillway due to forecasted dry weather.

Posted: Apr 11, 2019 11:51 AM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - The Department of Water Resources has stopped releases from the Oroville Dam Spillway due to forecasted dry weather.

The department began reducing the releases on Monday, April 8.

On Wednesday, April 10, flows down the main spillway were reduced to zero at 1 p.m. 

Releases from the newly reconstructed main spillway began at 8,300 cubic feet per second on April 2 and peaked on Sunday, April 7, at 25,000 cubic feet per second. 

The releases were able to provide space in the reservoir to avoid flooding, according to the department. 

Additionally, department experts and federal regulators confirmed that the spillway performed as designed. 

Releases from the reservoir are continuing, but not through the spillway at this time.

Approximately 10,000 cubic feet per second is currently being released from Hyatt Powerplant.

The department will continue to manage lake levels with releases throughout the year.

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