Oroville Dam Spillway Incident: Putting Community Safety First While Investigating the Cause

by Craig Hall, P.E., (M.ASCE), Lead geotechnical engineer for the Oroville Spillway Project and a principal geotechnical engineer with GEI Consultants in Oakland, CA.,
Holly Nichols, P.G., Lead geologist for the Oroville Spillway Recovery Project and a senior engineering geologist for the California Department of Water Resources in Sacramento, CA.,
Les Harder, Ph.D., (M.ASCE), Senior professional associate with HDR in Folsom, CA.,
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Serial Information: Geo-Strata —Geo Institute of ASCE, 2018, Vol. 22, Issue 4, Pg. 62-69

Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: The Oroville Dam, and its associated reservoir and hydropower plant facility, is located on the Feather River in Northern California and is owned and operated by the State of California, Department of Water Resources (DWR). At 770 ft high, this earth embankment is the tallest dam in the United States. With its 3.5 million acre-ft of storage, Lake Oroville is the second largest reservoir in California, supplying water as far south as Los Angeles.

Subject Headings: Spillways | Dam safety | Water resources | Water storage | Reservoirs | Hydro power | Embankment dams | Water supply | United States | California | Los Angeles


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