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Department of Water Resources releases water release updates Sunday

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Lake Oroville spillway

A drone provides an aerial view of the small cloud mist formed as water flows over the four energy dissipator blocks at the end of the Lake Oroville main spillway. The California Department of Water Resources increased the water release down the main spillway from 4,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 8,000 cfs. Main spillway releases will continue to manage lake levels in anticipation of rain and snowmelt. Photo taken March 10, 2023. Ken James / California Department of Water Resources

OROVILLE, Calif. - The Department of Water Resources is continuing to release water from Lake Oroville into the Feather River as of Sunday.

These are the current reservoir level estimates:

  • Current Oroville reservoir level: 859 feet elevation

  • Total releases to the Feather River: 35,000 cfs

Water is flowing through the low-flow channel in the City of Oroville at 23,000 cfs. Weather could change these estimates. The reservoir level dropped by one foot from Saturday.

Lake Oroville Saturday

“DWR continues to closely monitor lake inflow levels and will adjust releases accordingly,” DWR said.

Additionally, Oro Dam Boulevard E. between Rusty Dusty Road and Canyon Drive in Butte County is still closed due to water spray from the main spillway.

Drivers can still access Oroville Dam and the State Recreation Area via State Route 162 and Canyon Drive.

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