Oroville Dam

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Oroville Dam
Oroville dam aerial.jpg
Kintra United States
Location Oroville, Californie
Coordinates 39°32′20″N 121°29′08″W / 39.53889°N 121.48556°W / 39.53889; -121.48556Coordinates: 39°32′20″N 121°29′08″W / 39.53889°N 121.48556°W / 39.53889; -121.48556[1]
Purpose Watter supply, fluid control, pouer
Status Operational
Construction began 1961
Ainer(s) Californie Depairtment o Watter Resources
Dam and spillways
Type o spillway Service, 8x gate-controlled
Spillway capacity 150,000 cu ft/s (4,200 m3/s) (service)[2]
Oroville Dam

Oroville Dam is a yirdfill embankment dam on the Feather River east o the ceety o Oroville, Californie, in the Unitit States. At 770 feet (235 m) heich, it is the tawest dam in the U.S.[3] an serves mainly for watter supply, hydroelectricity generation an fluid control. The dam impoonds Loch Oroville, the seicont lairgest man-made loch in the state o Californie, capable o storin mair than 3.5 million acre-feet (4.4 km3)[4]. It is locatit in the Sierra Nevada fithills east o the Sacramento Valley.

Efter hivy rains in Februar 2017, the main spillwey wis damaged an an anticipatit failur o the auxiliary spillwey resultit in the mass evacuation o touns in the river basin.

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. "Lake Oroville". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Januar 19, 1981. Retrieved Mairch 31, 2012. 
  2. "Oroville Facilities (FERC Project No. 2100)" (PDF). California Department of Water Resources. Jan 2005. Retrieved 2017-02-13. 
  3. "Dam, Hydropower and Reservoir Statistics". United States Society on Dams. Retrieved Mairch 31, 2012. [deid airtin]
  4. "Alphabetical List of California Dams (Over 40,000 acre feet)". Civil and Environmental Engineering. University of California Davis. Retrieved Mairch 31, 2012.