Monthly Archives: February 2017

Jerry Brown’s Legacy?

One take is outlined in this article from New Geography. An excerpt. The cracks in the 50-year-old Oroville Dam, and the massive spillage and massive evacuations that followed, shed light on the true legacy of Jerry Brown. The governor, most … Continue reading

Posted in Government

Not Enough Storage

This article from the Wall Street Journal makes the case. An excerpt. MORGAN HILL, Calif.—Two years ago, Uvas Reservoir here stood at just 2% of capacity—much of its lake bed baking in a merciless drought. But now the half-square-mile reservoir is spilling over, … Continue reading

Posted in Shasta Auburn Dam, Water

Flooded Parkway

If climate prognosticators are correct, we are in for a lot more of the same as reported in this story from the Sacramento Bee, so it might be wise—to keep the Parkway in usable shape year round—to build Auburn Dam. … Continue reading

Posted in Shasta Auburn Dam

Victor Davis Hanson on Oroville Dam

As a follow up to yesterday’s post on failed leadership around water policy, I present this article from the Los Angeles Times. An excerpt. A year ago, politicians and experts were predicting a near-permanent statewide drought, a “new normal” desert climate. … Continue reading

Posted in Government, Shasta Auburn Dam, Water

Leadership Failure

It has been known for some time that public leadership in California has failed in maintaining the necessary water infrastructure needed for a growing population, and this article in the Sacramento Bee affirms that. An excerpt. After six years of … Continue reading

Posted in Government, Shasta Auburn Dam, Water

Why Did Oroville Spillway Collapse?

Mercury News provides a possible answer. An excerpt. How did a giant, gaping hole tear through the massive Oroville Dam’s main concrete spillway last week, setting in motion the chain of events that could have led to one of America’s … Continue reading

Posted in Shasta Auburn Dam

Homeless in Parkway is the Accepted Norm

That is not news to Woodlake and other neighborhoods who have been bearing the brunt of illegal camping by the homeless in the Parkway for years and it is the clear conclusion of this article—watch the video interview—from KCRA 3 … Continue reading

Posted in Homelessness

Flood Infrastructure

As this article from the Sacramento Bee indicates, much of the flood infrastructure in our state needs help, and, as our post from yesterday notes, a good place to start is with the original state water project plans from mid-century … Continue reading

Posted in ARPPS, Shasta Auburn Dam, Water

Shasta Filling Up

As this article from KCRA 3 notes, Shasta Dam is near capacity, a sad reminder that had the initial plans for Shasta and the entire California water project been approved—Shasta at 200 feet higher and Auburn Dam built—there would be … Continue reading

Posted in ARPPS, Shasta Auburn Dam, Water

Orville Dam

Given what has just happened there, this story from the Mercury News, detailing actions not taken 12 years ago, is very disheartening but, unfortunately, all too common by government when public safety is concerned. An excerpt. More than a decade … Continue reading

Posted in Environmentalism, Government, Shasta Auburn Dam