Petition drive to delay re-licensing of Oroville Dam at 6,000 signatures

On the one year anniversary of the evacuation of 188,000 residents after the Oroville Dam's emergency spillway failure, a petition drive to delay the re-licensing of Oroville Dam between the Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the Federal Regulatory Energy Commission (FERC) has garnered 6,000 signatures.

An independent analysis by dam experts found the DWR primarily responsible for the spillway's failure.

An effort known as Not Just a Spillway doesn't want FERC to renew the license until there's an independent forensic analysis of the entire dam complex to assure safety. Plus the effort seeks to have the state pay for more and improve recreation in and around Lake Oroville to increase tourism.

"We provide 70 percent of the water for the state water project," said Genoa Widener, who started the petition drive two months ago. "In return what do we get for that?"

"We feel like we should have something in return," she said. "(We want ) more boat ramps and tourism possibilities, bringing more people to Oroville to see the beauty that is here."

More details on the petition can be found here.

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