A 1997 report from 30 years ago pointed out that the Oroville dam has poor flood control systems: This report was a Congressional hearing about water management and of course, how the Reagan dam projects in particular, are very poorly set up and are definitely prone to overtopping and collapse. The history of the Oroville dam is most interesting to me at least, for I grew up in the Southwest and remember the Water Wars really good. Note the book illustration shows a LA home perched right on the precipice, a cliff on the ocean! HAHAHA. On stilts, no less!
The Water Wars were over the business of who gets the water from Hoover and FDR’s Hoover Dam. California, which contributed 0 water sources for the dam’s water flow, wanted half of the water. This fight over ‘who gets the water’ happened in my childhood and I remember the adults arguing about this, for I have had family in both southern California since the Gold Rush and Arizona since the Civil War.
It was a very hot debate and California got some of the water and other resources but not as much as they wanted for they wanted endless amounts of everything and frankly, still do!
So, finally defeated by mainly Barry Goldwater’s work, the government of California decided to build the world’s biggest dirt dam on earth: Oroville dam.
Several decades ago, they realized that keeping the water too high was too dangerous and this report complains about how certain dams were being run improperly when it comes to very rainy seasons in California, a place known for flood/drought cycles.
NO lessons were learned, obviously. California had yet another of the usual drought cycles recently and due to global warming ideology, pretended that the climate would be hot and dry forever and forever so any water captured should be held no matter what.
So instead of keeping the Oroville dam water at roughly half or even two thirds full, they went for totally to the top! This was a human error and now the dam will probably give way eventually, sooner rather than later.
Yes, they deliberately overfilled the dam this wet cycle. More storms will come and then we have 200+ inches of snow to melt, and that will increase the water greatly, too. This is now all too insane.
The waters yesterday totally overtopped the dam. The super duper emergency dam section which is a quarter mile long was overtopped and the entire mountain of dirt placed there 50 years ago had a huge amount of raging water flow over it removing all vegetation leaving open dirt. The trees were already removed this week but the grass is now gone and more rain will come…
It is doomed. Turbulence within the lake with all this incoming water and water pressure will, in the next storm, cause more internal erosion on the dirt dam facing the lake. Most dam collapses have two features: the top is lost and water begins to pour out and the base then explodes outward and all the dam rushes down in one giant tsunami.
So, what pushed it past the legislature was flooding in the 1950’s. The dams were supposed to stop FLOODING. Instead, they now are for hoarding water because the state now has way too many humans and agriculture has changed greatly since 1940 and this is one of the least stable states in the US, geologically, it is a nightmare.
Earthquakes, of course, is the gigantic problem.
‘The Oroville dam services as a major electrical course. The Hoover dam does this, too. And California, Nevada, Arizona all get this electricity, Las Vegas would not have ever existed if it wasn’t for the cheap electricity from the Hoover Dam.
Oroville dam is producing electricity, too. The power lines are now down because these were removed to prevent the towers from being swept away in flooding only if the main dam breaks and there is a good chance of this happening, it will no longer matter, the power plant will be annihilated.
Along with a number of cities, of course, which will be badly damaged, perhaps, for some, along the lines of towns annihilated in Japan by the tsunami.
Now on to the insanity that rages in California: The San Francisco Chronicle had this insane article back 2 months ago when the author assumed it would be dry forever:
More than a third of all the trees in California – more than 100 million of them, covering roughly 7.7 million acres – are dead.
But it’s OK, because the forests are largely empty anyway, given how we as a glorious human species have thoughtfully killed off half of all animals on planet Earth, all in just the past 45 years or so, because people.
It’s a statistic almost too staggering to fathom in scope and heartbreaking desolation, yet it seems to match up shockingly well with the current emotional timbre; there are hundreds of millions fewer birds than ever before in human history, desolated fish stocks, obliterated rainforests, dwindling numbers of elephants, lions, butterflies, rhinos and iguanas and leopards, on and on, everywhere and forever, all gone and most never to return. Sorry, kids.
Mark Morford, obviously is not a multi-generational Californian. He thinks a short dry cycle is the end of the world. HAHAHA. The state is stressed by this dry cycle only because way too many humans live here. But then, humans love to live in disaster areas around say, major volcanoes, flood plains, earthquake zones, etc.
Kids? Oh, we have plenty of those. There are, of course, many, many more babies swarming over the planet than we have healthy capacity to feed and water and sustain, on ongoing and sort of disastrous procreative commandment driven largely by the efforts of heavily Catholic and/or violently patriarchal cultural posturing, because of course babies are God’s little angels and the Lord will provide and birth control is for heathens, and who cares about all the starvation and water shortages and poverty and vicious wars over dwindling resources?
Just one rather short dry cycle, look at the histrionics. Note how he rages on about too many babies, too. Meanwhile, liberals like him want more Muslims to come here and in Europe and have…lots of babies!
Note also, he attacks Christians very hard and doesn’t mention Muslims because their leaders are against birth controls. I bet this same liberal would blow up if anyone suggests that the State should mandate abortions and birth controls for women on welfare. Nope, they can pop out as many babies as they wish. The more, the merrier, right?
Even comedians are getting nervous. Hecklers are turning pro. No longer just loutish, drunken rednecks who don’t get the joke, they’re newly empowered defenders of ignorance, an army of mal-educated trolls who feel it’s their Trump-given right to stand up and grunt their illiteracy, their sexism and their racism at the screen, the stage, the performer, this hamburger, that Starbucks cup, whatever and whomever they like, to the point of violence.
In this huge rage against everything, this poor man whines about Trump people being mean when the rioters are, uniformly, not Republicans at all. They are leftists or the left makes excuses for riots.
Meanwhile, California is heading towards disaster, the entire length of the San Andreas fault system including all the nearby faults, are shaking now like jello with the frozen part that hasn’t budged an inch in nearly 200 years, is about to explode northwards.
The water problems from that will be gigantic not to mention other nasty side effects of moving the earth rapidly with stationary buildings and roads all over the place.
One last thing: the NYT has the potential dam collapse and perhaps destruction of the homes of over 100,000 people as a low level story, I am preserving this page of the NYT showing how low this story ranks now with Fake News dominating everything and the need to attack Trump so high, it consumes all important real news:
There it is: below ‘does Yoga qualify as an aerobic workout? And ‘aging well’? HAHAHA. Yikes. It is nearly the bottom of the page!