Posts Tagged ‘California water’

Oroville Dam Costs Soar to $870 Million


Wednesday January 31st, 2018   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:43am PST   •   0 Comments

Last February 7 during heavy rains, the Oroville Dam’s concrete spillway failed, launching fears of a complete dam failure, and forcing the evacuation of 188,000 people downstream from the structure. As the anniversary approaches, the total costs of the spillway reconstruction, including emergency response, have risen to $870 million according to the state Department…
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Government Oroville Cover-up is a Dam Shame


Monday January 8th, 2018   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 12:04pm PST   •   1 Comment

Last February 7 during heavy rains the Oroville Dam’s concrete spillway failed, launching fears of a complete dam failure, and forcing the evacuation of 188,000 people. As it turned out, government engineers knew for decades that the alternate earthen spillway was unreliable but failed to reinforce it with concrete. As Rep. John Garamendi famously…
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Gov. Brown’s Tunnel Vision Gets More Costly and Corrupt


Friday October 6th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 12:03pm PDT   •   1 Comment

As we noted, even with a single tunnel, Jerry Brown’s massive $16 billion “WaterFix” for the delta is a financial bust. According to Benefit-Cost Analysis of The California WaterFix, by Jeffrey Michael of the Center for Business and Policy Research at the University of the Pacific, construction costs, estimated at $16 billion, are still more than…
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California Waterboards Property Rights


Tuesday August 1st, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:24am PDT   •   0 Comments

August is National Water Quality Month and that might prompt a meditation on agencies such as California’s State Water Resources Control Board. The Board’s five full-time members are appointed by the governor and “the mission of the Water Board is to ensure the highest reasonable quality for waters of the state, while allocating those…
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Senator Dianne Feinstein’s Quest to Keep California Dry


Wednesday June 7th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 11:36am PDT   •   0 Comments

Despite a wet winter and thick snowpack, California still faces increasing demands for water. New sources are always welcome and the Cadiz project seeks to pump groundwater from private holdings in the Mojave Desert to supply homes in arid southern California. San Bernardino County approved the project but the loudest voice against it is…
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Government Dams Up Information on Safety Issues


Thursday April 13th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:14am PDT   •   2 Comments

During winter storms back in February, the emergency spillway of the Oroville dam failed, forcing the evacuation of nearly 200,000 people. Engineers had known for decades that the rock-and-soil spillway was unreliable but did nothing. California Rep. John Garamendi said the spillway “worked fine until it had to be used.” Governor Jerry Brown said,…
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Government Dam Abuse


Monday February 20th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 2:03pm PST   •   0 Comments

Despite contrary claims by law enforcement, looting did take place during the evacuation of more than 150,000 people in the wake of the spillway failure at the Oroville Dam. As the Los Angeles Times reported, in one case looters blasted the doors of a market with a shotgun and attempted to ransack the business….
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“Stuff Happens.” Oroville Dam Crisis Is a Failure of Government


Tuesday February 14th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 10:48am PST   •   2 Comments

A massive spillway failure at Northern California’s Oroville Dam prompted an evacuation order that sent 200,000 people running for shelter anywhere they could find it. As the Sacramento Bee reported, the dam itself “has not been compromised. But experts say that if the emergency spillway collapses, it wouldn’t be much different than a total…
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A Single Delta Tunnel Will Still Sink Taxpayers


Monday December 19th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 11:14am PST   •   0 Comments

Governor Jerry Brown wants to drill two massive tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and calls this project “a fundamental necessity of California’s current and future prosperity.” Now Ellen Hanak, director of the Public Policy Institute of California’s Water Policy Center, and PPIC fellows Brian Gray and Jeffrey Mount want the state to drill…
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Corruption and Waste at Government Water Agencies


Monday September 12th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 11:43am PDT   •   0 Comments

Government corruption is a staple of the news, with politicians such as San Francisco Democrat Leland Yee, a consort of gangsters such as Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow, recently landing in prison. Chris Reed of Calwatchdog has charted corruption in the California city of Bell, which “was being run like a criminal enterprise.” In the…
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