Oroville in Butte County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Since its inception, the Oroville complex has controlled numerous floods that would have taken untold lives and cost hundreds of millions of dollars in property damage; supplied water to agriculture and to Californians throughout two-thirds of the state; generated energy to operate the State Water Project; and provide more than 13 million visitor days of recreation.
anniversary of the completion of
Oroville Dam. May 8, 1993
Location. 39° 32.519′ N, 121° 29.473′ W. Marker is in Oroville, California, in Butte County. Marker is on Brad Freeman Trail, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. The markers are in the parking area on top of the dam near the spillway gates. Marker is in this post office area: Oroville CA 95965, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Autumn Harvest (approx. 1.4 miles away); Long's Bar (approx. 1.8 miles Morris Ravine School (approx. 1.9 miles away); The Mother Orange Tree of Butte County (approx. 2 miles away); Bidwell's Bar (approx. 2 miles away); Bidwell Bar Bridge and Tollhouse (approx. 2 miles away); a different marker also named Mother Orange Tree of Butte County (approx. 2.2 miles away); Northern California's Oldest Citrus Tree (approx. 2.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oroville.
Regarding Oroville Dam. In light of the events of February 2017, it makes one wonder about the foresight and planning that resulted in a concrete spillway channel built without re-bar and an auxiliary spillway that simply runs over a concrete wall and then down the unsupported and unprotected soil of the mountainside. It also gives one pause to know that these deficiencies were known to the operators and could have been corrected before the near-disaster of February 2017.
Also see . . .
1. Department of Water Resources - Oroville Dam. (Submitted on February 19, 2017, by James King of San Miguel, California.)
2. Historic Photos of the Building of Oroville Dam (Submitted on February 19, 2017, by James King of San Miguel, California.)
3. Officials Ignored Warnings 12 Years Ago. "More than a decade ago, federal and state officials and some of Californias largest water agencies rejected concerns that the massive earthen spillway at Oroville Dam — at risk of collapse Sunday night and prompting the evacuation of 185,000 people — could erode during heavy winter rains and cause a catastrophe."
"FERC rejected that request, however, after the state Department of Water Resources, and the water agencies that would likely have had to pay the bill for the upgrades, said they were unnecessary." (Submitted on February 19, 2017, by James King of San Miguel, California.)
4. The Oroville Dam Train Tunnel Collision. "What exactly caused the accident will never be known. All who would know perished in the collision." (Submitted on February 19, 2017, by James King of San Miguel, California.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on February 19, 2017. This page originally submitted on February 19, 2017, by James King of San Miguel, California. This page has been viewed 263 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on February 19, 2017, by James King of San Miguel, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Photo of the dam. • Clear readable photo of - "More Dam Statistics" • Clear readable photo of - "A Sackful of Sand and Gravel" • • Can you help?