Storms fill Feather River, lake releases fill afterbay

Full story: Oroville Mercury-Register

As the week of storms winds down, the Feather River in Oroville is rising, but not because of water releases from the dam, an official said Thursday.

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James in Loma Rica

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Jan 22, 2010
 
Speaking of the hatchery, when are they going to fix the temperature controls inside the dam so that they can cool the water going into the hatchery? The salmon need all of the help we can give them.
Pete

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Jan 22, 2010
 
According the the ca.gov website they have been realeasing 4000cfs per day so which data is correct.
Mahindra

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Jan 22, 2010
 
The Afterbay is full at 140 feet and right now it is 134.20, not full yet but accuracy is underated.
Can't recall when it has actually been full, but maybe the definition of full has changed.
Don Prestella - Oroville

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Jan 22, 2010
 
According to the DWR website ( CDEC.Water.CA.Gov ), the release/outflow of water statistics seems to contradict the CFS release numbers provided from Mr. Wright. According to the DWR website, a total of 47,560cfs has been released from Lake Oroville since January 1, 2010. Inflow to the lake shows 84,887cfs during the same time period. The 37,327cfs difference represents aproximately 58% of the inflow being released since January 1st. Mr. Wright states that "at this time of year, water can go to Sutter Butte and Richvale Irrigation or the river outlet". Really??!! My question is why is there any release at all during such a wet winter? Does the Afterbay really need to be filled by releases from the dam or diversions at this point in time? One need only drive to the green bridge and take a look at one of Butte Counties main resources going down the drain. It would be helpful if the Mercury Register posted the inflow/outflow numbers on a regular basis for all to see and DWR to defend.
Pete

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Jan 22, 2010
 
I agree Don. Is there anyway we can have Mr. Wright comment of the differences on what he claims is being released vs what is stated on the CDEC website. Something doesn't jive. Given how low the lake is you would thing they would release no water at all. I don't get it.
Common Sense

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While Shasta and Oroville are low I noticed that even before the storms Castaic in so Cal was full.
Pete

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I just sent off and email to the editor and DWR seeing if they can explain the differences in release numbers. I cannot believe they would be releasing record amounts of water during a three year drought.It almost like they don't want the lake to fill up.
gary

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It's all about keeping water flowing to the people of the south, folks. They would empty the lake, if that's what it took to keep southern California's reservoirs full. Someone pointed out accurately in a previous post that we are lucky Southern Calif even allows us access to their lake....the sad fact of life is the north has always had the resources, and the south has always had the political power to take them at will.
deer hunter

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Jan 22, 2010
 
i tell ya folks.......kevin wright is the wrong person to ask! he is a moron. he is just a chicken on a hot plate there and DWR is just wanting the money from generation. they will release it heavy now and then come summer will not be able to give needed releases because they are trying to do a botch job on the river valves.....they are just greedy and have morons running the show that do not know what they are doing

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Jan 22, 2010
 
I was really happy to hear they are actually trying to conserve water and fill the lake up again. Id like to take my boat back to the lake. Miss those beaches and view
Glen

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Jan 22, 2010
 
" a man who called" Weak!
Pete

Carmichael, CA

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Jan 22, 2010
 
It would be great it they let the lake fill and stop releasing water for the winter but I doubt that will happen.
Do they normally release the same amount of water each summer or does it vary based on certain criteria?
Steve G

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If the information given to this paper by Mr Wright was incorrect the news reporter should follow it up and find out and publish the correct information. It is all to easy for public employees to lie and it seems that the news media rarely holds them to account.
I too agree that our local resource should not simply be taken away from us to meet the extravagant water requirements of the South State. We depend on the lake for tourism, recreation as well as our own water supply. Many wells are running dry because the water table has been allowed to drop so much. And don't get me started on those damned Delta Smelt !!!
Pete

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Jan 22, 2010
 
How can we get someone to investigate to see if the info given by Mr. Wright is incorrect. I emailed the person who wrote the story abd emailed DWR but have gotten no response. If would be great to bring this to the public attention if in fact they are providing false release numbers. They are releasing alot less out of Shasta
Glen

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Common Sense wrote:
While Shasta and Oroville are low I noticed that even before the storms Castaic in so Cal was full.
As well is Pyramid (the one in the South). Both at over 70%, while we here are below 30%??
Waterboy

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Jan 23, 2010
 
Don Prestella - Oroville wrote:
According to the DWR website, a total of 47,560cfs has been released from Lake Oroville since January 1, 2010.
... A total of 47,560 CUBIC FEET PER SECOND has been released from lake oroville since Jan 1.

That rate of flow (a tad over one acre foot per second), 86,400 Acre feet per day over 22 days would be 1,900,800 Acre feet passing through the power plant.

Think about what you said there, if you don't see what you did wrong, you need to stop talking.

1. Total flow through the dam is only 19200 cfs.
2. The Spillway isn't spilling anything and the giant garden hose to siphon it out hasn't arrived yet.
3. The power canal capacity is 17000 cfs.
4. The other 2200CFS would go into the river at the diversion dam/powerplant, essentially tripling the normal flow.
5. Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time, OF ALL TIME!

The more you know...
Waterboy

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Jan 23, 2010
 
Glen wrote:
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As well is Pyramid (the one in the South). Both at over 70%, while we here are below 30%??
Pyramid is pumped back to full nightly by Los Angeles Water and Power.
County Observer

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With the lakes in So. Cal. full, they should be holding back on the releases and letting the lake fill. It is absolute assanine to allow all that water to just flow south and in to the ocean, when they can be holding it back to send down there this summer, thus, not making Lake Oroville look like a mud hole.
Waterboy

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Steve G wrote:
I too agree that our local resource should not simply be taken away from us to meet the extravagant water requirements of the South State. We depend on the lake for tourism, recreation as well as our own water supply. Many wells are running dry because the water table has been allowed to drop so much. And don't get me started on those damned Delta Smelt !!!
We aren't hurting for water.
The delta smelt are stopping water from entering the California Aqueduct. Keep contradicting yourself.
Waterboy

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Jan 23, 2010
 
County Observer wrote:
With the lakes in So. Cal. full, they should be holding back on the releases and letting the lake fill. It is absolute assanine to allow all that water to just flow south and in to the ocean, when they can be holding it back to send down there this summer, thus, not making Lake Oroville look like a mud hole.
Salt Water intrusion; Read up on it.

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