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DWR Files Appeal to FEMA for Oroville Repair Funding - After FEMA notified DWR in March 2019 that not all of the repair work on the Oroville Dam spillway damaged in the February 2017 storms is eligible for federal reimbursement, CalOES filed an appeal on DWR’s behalf. FEMA has only approved reimbursement for $337.4 million of the $1.1 billion requested by DWR .
Inaugural Releases from New Oroville Main Spillway - With the forecast of April showers, DWR started releases from the reconstructed Oroville Main Spillway for the first time since its collapse in February 2017. The initial releases were at 8,300 cfs on April 2nd and increased to 25,000 cfs by April 7th. DWR stopped releases on April 10th. Sacramento and Feather River levels expected to rise as Keswick and Oroville Dams increase reservoir releases to comply with flood space requirements and San Joaquin reservoirs increases releases too. Fishing organizations raised concerns about downstream impacts to Feather River water surface levels from reduced Oroville releases.
State Bonds Sold for Oroville Repair - In mid-April the State Treasurer announced the sale of $299.6 million in Department of Water Resources revenue bonds to fund capital improvements to the State Water Project, including a portion of the costs for the Oroville Dam Spillways Response, Recovery and Restoration Project. It is the responsibility of the State Water Contractors to pay back the cost of the revenue bonds.
Governor Emergency Proclamation - On February 21st Governor Newsom issued an emergency proclamation for 21 counties to help communities respond to and recover from severe winter storms that have caused flooding, erosion, mudslides, power outages, and damage to critical infrastructure. The Governor expanded the declaration for five more counties on February 28th.
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