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Independent report blames DWR, ‘long term systemic failure’ for Oroville spillway crisis:

The Department of Water Resources built the main Oroville Dam spillway on rock it knew was weak, failed to recognize signs of potential structural problems, and made decisions when the spillway began to break up last February that exacerbated the crisis, according to the independent team assembled to study the spillway failure.  The final report of the independent forensic team studying the Oroville Dam spillway crisis was released Friday. It blamed “long-term systemic failure” of the California Department of Water Resources, regulators and the dam industry in general to address design, construction and maintenance problems. ... ”

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