Oroville Emergency Spawns Bill to Require Spillway Inspections

Responding to the emergency at Oroville Dam, a Northern California lawmaker said Friday that he’s carrying legislation requiring state officials to perform annual inspections of auxiliary spillways at Department of Water Resources-managed dams.

The measure by Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-Greenbrae, comes as lawmakers race to meet the deadline this week to introduce new bills. Levine said in a prepared statement that he also wants to require that dam operators update their procedures and manuals. The Oroville Dam manual has not been updated since 1970.

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