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Evacuation Feedback Forum Responses
April 25, 2017

On March 14, 2017, a forum for residents of Sutter and Yuba counties was conducted at the Veterans Hall in Yuba City to allow questions and concerns about the circumstances which led to the no-notice evacuation of Butte, Yuba, and Sutter counties as a result of the threat of a catastrophic failure of the emergency spillway at Oroville Dam, and the manner in which the evacuation was conducted. In addition to the forum, Sutter County has received feedback through email, an online survey, and written surveys turned into the Community Memorial Museum and the Sutter County Library.

Sutter County Public Meeting May 9 With Department of Water Resources Regarding Oroville Dam
April 18, 2017

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) is hosting seven public meetings in multiple locations to update communities in the region about the ongoing Oroville spillway recovery effort. The meetings will be opportunities for members of the public to hear from DWR leadership and experts about the status of the Oroville spillway and to ask questions and provide comments about the recovery process. The meetings will have a similar agenda, format and content.

May 9, 2017
Info Session begins at 5:30 P.M.
Presentation at 6:30 P.M. followed by Q&A
Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds
Franklin Hall
442 Franklin Ave
Yuba City, CA 95991

May 3, 2017
Info Session begins at 5:30 P.M.
Presentation at 6:30 P.M. followed by Q&A
CA Department of Transportation (Caltrans) District 3
Sierra Nevada Room
703 B St
Marysville, CA 95901

April 27, 2017
Info Session begins at 5:30 P.M.
Presentation at 6:30 P.M. followed by Q&A
Butte County Fairgrounds
Butte Hall Room
199 E Hazel St
Gridley, CA 95948

May 2, 2017
Info Session begins at 5:30 P.M.
Presentation at 6:30 P.M. followed by Q&A
Oroville Municipal Auditorium
1200 Myers St
Oroville, CA 95965

May 4, 2017
Info Session begins at 5:30 P.M.
Presentation at 6:30 P.M. followed by Q&A
Oroville Church of the Nazarene
Fellowship Hall
2238 Monte Vista Ave
Oroville, CA 95966

May 11, 2017
Info Session begins at 5:30 P.M.
Presentation at 6:30 P.M. followed by Q&A
Chico Masonic Family Center
1110 W East Ave
Chico, CA 95926

May 15, 2017
Info Session begins at 1:30 P.M.
Presentation at 2:30 P.M. followed by Q&A
Tsakopoulos Library Galleria
828 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95814


Meeting facilities are accessible for persons with disabilities. All requests for reasonable accommodations and/or language services must be made three working days (72 hours) in advance of the scheduled meeting date. Please call 800-248-7026 for assistance.

Las instalaciones donde se realizarán las reuniones son accesibles para personas con discapacidades. Todas las solicitudes de ajustes razonables y/o servicios de idiomas deben realizarse tres días hábiles (72 horas) antes de la fecha de la reunión programada. Por favor llame al 800-248-7026 para solicitar asistencia.

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Board Supports Coalition Letter Regarding Future Operation of Oroville Dam, Seeks To Make Safety The Priority Going Forward
April 12, 2017

The Sutter County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday, April 11, to add its support to a letter being circulated among communities downstream from Oroville Dam that expresses certain concerns and asks several questions about the operation of the dam and its spillways.

Following the damage to the main spillway at Oroville Dam and the evacuation of large parts of three downstream counties when the Department of Water Resources informed them of an imminent threat of failure of the emergency spillway, a loose coalition of downstream individuals and organizations has been forming.

Two meetings, guided by Assemblyman James Gallagher and State Senator Jim Nielsen, have occurred and the result is the draft letter to California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., and Natural Resources Agency Secretary John Laird.

The letter acknowledges the flood control benefits of Oroville Dam, but expresses the concern that those of us in communities immediately downstream of the dam have little to no say in how it is operated and maintained. The letter asks a number of questions and makes a number of requests. The letter seeks:

  • Additional flood storage in the reservoir, noting that reservoir operations do not account for climate change and there is too much water left in the reservoir during times when we have a large snowpack. (This is the same request made by Sutter County after the 1997 flood).
  • Better communication and greater transparency from the Department of Water Resources.
  • Understanding that the safety of those who live downstream from the dam--not fisheries protection, State Water Contractor priorities, politics, or other issues—be the top priority in the design of the repair projects for the spillways.
  • Modernization of the infrastructure at the dam, and an expansion of the use of remote sensors and other technology to improve forecasting of reservoir levels.
  • Full and thorough reviews of the way the dam has been designed, constructed, operated and maintained, including Legislative oversight hearings.
  • Public discussion and consideration of who should operate the dam going forward, and how it should be operated.
  • Improved downstream flood protection, including addressing constrictions in the river channel; critical levee repairs in District 10 in Yuba County, south of Yuba City, and south of Nicolaus; and an assessment of the magnitude of (and a plan to mitigate) debris entering and remaining in the river channel as a result of the operation of the reservoir.
  • A discussion about how business and property losses, lost wages, and damages to public and private property can be compensated.

(Photo: Contractors from Syblon Reid continue concrete work around the Lake Oroville emergency spillway in Butte County, California. Photo taken April 3, 2017.)