In February 2017, due to damage to the main spillway at Oroville Dam and subsequent public safety declarations, approximately 188,000 area residents evacuated their homes to safer ground. Having repaired the damaged spillway and bolstered the adjacent emergency spillway, the state is assessing the future needs of the 50-year complex and the many appurtenances required for the functioning of the State Water Project. In 2018, the Oroville Dam Citizens Advisory Commission, created by Senate Bill 955 (Nielsen), was established to be a public forum for discussing issues related to the Oroville Dam facilities. The Commission will discuss maintenance, findings, reports, and upcoming actions, and to conduct other communications regarding operations, maintenance, and public safety activities at Oroville Dam and its facilities, and flood management elements on the Feather River. The Commission will serve as a representative to the public for the purposes sharing information, and act as a unified voice from the communities surrounding Oroville Dam to provide public feedback, advice, and best practices.
Citizens Advisory Commission Members
Senate Bill 955