There is now a big green area on the MIDDLE of the Oroville Dam face front. There are also ‘water drain channels’ below the ‘green area’. This means water is running down from the middle, not rain water but water when the rest of the dam is not seeing runoff. ‘Differential settlement’ due to foundation shifting in this earthquake prone state. This is a real danger, if it gives way suddenly, virtually no one has more than an hour or less to run for their lives. There’s a new head for California water policy, just one week ago and already there is a crisis.
California’s embattled Department of Water Resources (DWR) got a new director this week: Governor Jerry Brown appointed Grant Davis, 54, of Petaluma to head the agency, reeling from intense international and national media scrutiny of its mishandling of the Oroville Dam spillway crisis.
Mr. Davis got his start at the government teat by working for Lynn Woolsey who was the most liberal leftist in the California Congress critters, now retired. He was elevated to various government positions ending up in the water business. Political power in California (and Arizona) is most heavily invested in power to those who run the water systems which is life and death out there.
For example, on my mountain, I own the water which I pump here. It is all mine, mine alone. I am the boss totally. When I lived in California and Arizona, I had to rely on the water state powers to have water. They controlled all the water even water on our ranch, we could not pump it out of the ground like I do here today.
They owned all the run off water, too! Couldn’t set up rain barrels, even. So, back to Oroville dam, there is a new leader this week and there is already a crisis and the way of dealing with this is to tell everyone, there is no crisis, there always was this ‘green wet spot’ in the past and I would suggest they are lying because they have a history of lying and to me, it looks like a definite seepage problem.
You see, I have dams on my own mountain to hold snow melt or floods so it won’t run hard to the road and the town likes this for now I don’t flood across Greenhollow Road anymore when we have 4 inches of rain. I know how dams work and I inspect my dams regularly and yes, they do ‘settle’ and ‘change’ over time, being subject weather and geological forces, after all.
Catastrophic failure of dams in history have a very high death rate. Generally, these dam collapses discharge tsunamis of water into fairly narrow valleys. Work on the spillway continues and it is a gigantic operation because of all the earth that was scoured away during the near-dam collapse last spring.
Oroville Dam UPDATE 7/26/2017👍 10:37 PM 📡 Frequency Ring ✈ New Drone Fly Over🚧 ☣LHC☣ – YouTube
Berkeley engineering professor reports the entire disaster is the fault of management who hoarded water due to belief in ‘global warming’ caused them to believe that it would not snow much or rain so they didn’t keep the water level at a safe level thus leading to catastrophic flooding when more storms hit California’s water basin area.
If Oroville Dam failed, residents likely would not be advised in time was reported last February. This continues to be true in spades. The same people who ignored warnings and did dangerous stuff last winter are still running the joint today and this includes the DNC governor of the state, Jerry Brown Jr. Like Bush Jr., he is a legacy ruler.
Oroville Dam Information – Home page is here and it has nothing about the possible seepage problem we see today all of this news comes strictly from CITIZEN ‘reporters’ who keep flying drones over the dam to see what is going on there. Outsiders who are not ‘reporters’ but who have some skills in engineering are the best source for information about this dam.
Last May, some politicians and others sent a letter to Governor Brown Jr.:
The crisis isn’t over, I would suggest again like last winter, it is just beginning. The problems are not vanishing, they are accumulating and give a good earthquake or flood in the future and we get real bad outcomes. This is a very dangerous dam.