Not Only Safety
Jan 10, 2018
Safety wasn’t the only thing on Oroville Dam operators’ minds as they responded to crisis, report shows
California water officials have always insisted public safety was their only concern as they struggled with the crisis unfolding last February at Oroville Dam.
The forensic team investigating what happened at Lake Oroville, however, has pinpointed another factor guiding the decisions made by the Department of Water Resources: the state’s desire to continue shipping water to faraway farms and cities that rely on deliveries from the reservoir.