16 Feb '17, 7pm

The dam truth: Climate change means more Lake Orovilles

The dam truth: Climate change means more Lake Orovilles

Just two years ago , Lake Oroville was so dry that submerged archaeological artifacts were starting to resurface . That was in the middle of California’s epic drought — the worst in more than a millennium . And then the rains came. This winter is on track to become Northern California’s soggiest on record. A key precipitation index is running more than a month ahead of the previous record pace, set in the winter of 1982–1983 (records go back to 1895). Lake Oroville is so full that it spilled over for the first time, spurring evacuations downstream. California’s climate has always been extreme (even before humans got seriously involved ), but what’s happening right now is just ridiculous. We are witnessing the effects of climate change play out, in real time. California Department of Water Resources Lake Oroville is as full as it has ever been, and remains vulnerable: We’re...

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