Oroville spillway is being tested with increased water releases

Sunday the DWR shut down releases from the Hyatt Powerplant and increased the amount being released via the Oroville Dam spillway

Posted: Apr. 7, 2019 2:33 PM
Updated: Apr. 7, 2019 5:22 PM

OROVILLE, Calif. - More water is being allowed down the spillway of Oroville Dam during the weekend.

On Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. the Department of Water Resources shut down releases from the Hyatt Powerplant, but increased the amount of water headed down the spillway.

The DWR ramped up the releases during the weekend from 14,8000 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 25,000 cfs.

"Cubic feet per second" refers to the rate at which water flows. One cubic feet per second is equal to approximately 450 gallons of water flowing within a one minute timeframe.

Officials from DWR said that the increase in releases will not impact the Feather River below . They emphasized that the same amount of water is going into the river. The source of the water is just changing. 

Officials said they want to see how the spillway handles the bigger load of water.

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