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Dam That Should Have Been

The article reveals that there was another dam that was supposed to be built in concert with the Oroville project.

Feb 14, 2017

There was a story in yesterday's Sacramento Bee that was originally published in 2005 with an explanation as to why there is a problem with the damaged Oroville spillway.  The article reveals that there was another dam that was supposed to be built in concert with the Oroville project to ensure "Feather River flows would not exceed the holding capacity of downstream levees."

The Marysville Dam was to be built on the Yuba River, a tributary of the Feather.  "Without the Marysville Dam, flows out of Oroville Dam could exceed the capacity of downstream levees if the emergency spillway were put to use."

The Yuba Dam was approved by Congress in 1966, but never built.


 

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