Oroville Dam Spillway releases | Infrastructure needs | State to buy tiny homes
The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Friday, March 17.
Department of Water Resources to increases releases at Oroville Dam Spillway
The California Department of Water Resources will be increasing releases from the main spillway at the Oroville Dam today for flood protection to downstream communities. In an update Thursday, the DWR announced it would increase releases from 25,000 cubic feet per second to 30,000 cubic feet per second. It will also be closing Oro Dam Blvd. E. between Rusty Dusty Road and Canyon Drive starting at 9 a.m. today due to poor visibility from the spray.
— Adia White, NSPR
Interview: Author Katherine Blunt on aging utility infrastructure
Nationwide, concerns about the safety and viability of our aging power grid have taken center stage. Katherine Blunt reports for the Wall Street Journal on utilities. Her book, “California Burning: The Fall of Pacific Gas & Electric — and What it Means for America’s Power Grid,” addresses infrastructure concerns in the North State. Listen to an interview with Blunt in today’s headlines.
— Ken Devol, NSPR
California to build 1,200 tiny homes to reduce homelessness
The state is purchasing and delivering 1,200 units to Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Jose and San Diego counties. Those jurisdictions will be responsible for providing mental health and other services for those who will be living in them. The units are expected to cost around $30 million.
— CapRadio Staff
New bill would hold colleges liable for hazing incidents
A bill intended to end hazing in California is moving through the state Legislature. It would hold colleges and universities civilly liable if one or more students were involved in hazing, and if that educational institution knew or should have known of the dangerous hazing practices.
— CapRadio Staff
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In case you missed it
- Fire recovery in Greenville progresses slowly as residents grapple with winter storms — NSPR
- Gov. Gavin Newsom tours California for his State of the State address — CapRadio
- As emergency aid flows to flooded-out Californians, will thousands be left out? — CalMatters
- Atmospheric river devastates much of California — CapRadio
- Short break in the rain to be followed by another round of wet weather — NSPR
- Isolation due to snow storms raises mental health concerns in the Dixie Fire burn scar — NSPR
- Shasta County Sheriff's Office declares local state of emergency due to flooding impacts — NSPR
- Gov. Gavin Newsom expands state of emergency to Trinity, Orange and Alpine counties — NSPR