Several years back, the water level at the Oroville Dam in Northern California topped the emergency spillway and both the main and emergency spillways incurred severe damage. The repair project cost the taxpayers of California over ONE BILLION dollars. A seriously big time project.
During the emergency, then during the repairs, a local guy named Juan Browne began producing reports on the entire situation. He’s first officer for a major airline and also a private pilot, but it appears his true calling is HONEST reporting.
Below is his latest Oroville Dam update, discussing the first time in history the Hyatt power plant has been taken offline. The water level is so low, the intakes for the power plant are now out of the water and there is no way to send water through the generating turbines. This does not bode well for electrical production for the citizens of California.
But, that’s not all, there are also issues with getting any water out of the dam at even lower levels. Not only is California in trouble without this electricity production, but if the water gets low enough, there won’t be enough water for much of the Sacramento Valley or Southern California.
We can say all we want about the mismanagement of California’s water, forests, and a host of other things, or the upcoming recall election of California’s fine governor, but regardless of how much the majority of California’s citizens may get what the voted for and therefore deserve, none of this bodes well for the impact that will all reverberate throughout the country as California suffers so many calamities. All that said, here’s Juan Browne’s honest report on the latest in a series of stories about the Oroville Dam: