Oroville Dam: Broken Promises on Reservoir Recreation Feed Skepticism About Spillway Safety

Oroville Dam: Broken Promises on Reservoir Recreation Feed Skepticism About Spillway Safety

From The Sacramento Bee

There was going to be a steam train – and a monorail. Plus a major resort featuring a 250-seat restaurant and a 1,000-seat amphitheater. As many as 5 million visitors a year would show up.

When it came to wooing Butte County about the construction of Oroville Dam, state officials weren’t shy about setting grand expectations. In return for losing entire communities and thousands of acres of taxable land, the region would become home to California’s second-largest reservoir, Lake Oroville, and a tourist destination akin to Disneyland.

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