Petition created by an Oroville mom to hold the DWR accountable gains traction

A petition is gaining traction in Oroville to hold the Department of Water Resources accountable for last years spillway crisis.

Posted: Feb. 13, 2018 4:30 AM
Updated: Feb. 13, 2018 8:14 AM

A petition is gaining traction in Oroville to hold the Department of Water Resources accountable for last years spillway crisis.

Genoa Widener's family has been in Oroville for three generations, so far she has 2,000 signatures on paper and nearly 3,500 on the page she made on change.org. 

The petition asks the federal regulators to conduct a forensic study looking at how the dam was built and how it was maintained for the last five decades.

It is also asking for the re-licensing to continue being delayed and give others an opportunity to apply for it.

Widener says this petition gives a voice to people in the community who are still feeling helpless from the spillway crisis.

"And I think that there is a lot of anger and this petition is helping people cope with that. feeling like there is something we can do and we can all come together and make changes," said Widener. 

Widener said growing up near Lake Oroville was just thought of as a fun place for recreation and now realizes that the tallest dam in the country in her back yard -- provides water for 25 million Californians.

However, when it fell apart, it put her community in immediate risk and that's why she is fighting for change.  

Petition: https://www.change.org/p/federal-energy-regulatory-commission-ferc-hold-dwr-accountable

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