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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 7A !: t~ Steve Wathen Staff Writer swathen@plu The Planning Commission meeting Feb. 16 was full of surprises. Last week the majority of the planning commission seemed intent on granting Plumas Charter School a zoning change to allow the school to move into the Trilogy property, located at is inc Stacy Fisher Staff Writer chesternews@plu When water began to spill over the crest of the Oroville Dam's emergency auxiliary spillway Feb. 11, nearly 190,000 people living in low-lying areas beneath the dam were ordered to evacuate, with officials fearing that a catastrophic collapse of the concrete wall on top of the emergency spillway could result in an overwhelming release of water downstream. Oroville Dam, completed in 1968, is an earthen embankment dam on the Feather River east of the city of Oroville in Butte County. At 770 feet high, it is the tallest dam in the U.S. PG&E, owner of Lake Almanor, has stayed in communication with the California Department of Water Resources during this period, as it does throughout the year, said Paul Moreno, PG&E spokesman, to coordinate and manage water flows through the Feather River system. "This has been one of the wettest years on record," Moreno stated, "which means a lot of water is , . moving down the Feather 424 North Mill Creek Road. At the beginning of Thursday',s meeting, however, Mark Lathrop, community relations manager for Sierra Pacific Industries, gave the commission a letter from Sierra Pacific suggesting that the commission deny the zoning change proposed for the North Mill Creek Road property. ' The letter mentioned that reasing the mill puts out air contaminants, noise, dust and odor. Having a large number of students located near the mill could negatively affect Sierra Pacific's operations by making it harder to meet their permit requirements. Plumas County Supervisor Jeff Engel also spoke before the commission refuting the claim that the property that the charter school was given, just past the Quincy High School tennis courts; could not be developed as the site for a school. Engel said that he had met with an engineer who said that the site was buildable. Engel also felt that moving fill dirt for the site wasn't cost prohibitive. Commissioner John Olofson told the rest of the commission, "In my II .outflows, d nergizing poles River and impacting everything in its wake." He said it's important to note that the primary function of PG&E's dams along the Feather River is to divert water through a number of powerhouses, which is then discharged back into the river. There's really very little actual storage capacity beyond Lake Almanor and Butt Lake, Moreno noted and said, "The other dams we have along the North Fork of the Feather River are small diversion dams that are also currently full because of the wet weather we've had this winter season." Lake Almanor, the major upstream reservoir in the Feather River system, is itself near full capacity, Moreno reported. He said that the maximum level for Lake Almanor is 4,494 feet in elevation above sea level, with the water level currently at 4,492.7 feet as of Feb. 16, just 1.3 feet under full capacity. With more rains in the forecast expected, Moreno said, "We've been moving more water out of the lake at the rate of 1,700 cubic feet per second," an increase from the 840 cubic feet per second that was being recommended released just two weeks earlier, "and we'll be increasing that outflow even more to try and stay ahead of the rains." An increase in the outflow means more water will flow downstream toward Oroville Dam. But Moreno said that shouldn't be a problem. "Bear in mind, that with the recent storms the average inflow into Lake Oroville peaked over the weekend of Feb. 11 and 12 at 180,000 cubic feet per second," before slowing to just 100,000 cubic feet more recently, "so the amount of water being released from Lake Almanor is not a significant percentage of what's now flowing into Lake Oroville reservoir." DWR is currently working to keep up with the inflow from rain and snow melt runoff by releasing at least 100,000 cubic feet of water down the damaged concrete spillway at the OroviUe Dam site, said Moreno. The goal is to bring the water level below 50 feet or more from the crest of the 901-foot high emergency auxiliary spillway, which had been heavily eroded. As a precaution and to avoid future problems, Moreno said that PG&E is in the process Of the two electric transmission towers that are situated near the dam's emergency spillway, and will soon be installing 12 power poles further downstream as a temporary fix to provide electric power away from the impacted areas until a set of new towers can be constructed outside the path of the spillway. In the meantime, power has been re-routed so Oroville residents have not seen any interruption in their electric service, he said. Moreno added that with continued monitoring and actively managing water levels, he sees no danger of Lake Almanor overflowing the way it did at Oroville Dam, even with more rain and snowfall forecast in the coming days and weeks. ures for and more! opinion, it would be foolhardy to spend a whole lot of time talking about the North Mill Creek Road site before we talk about the other site [near Quincy High School]." The commission decided on a two-track approach. In regards to the North Mill Creek Road site, they voted 3-1 in favor of petitioning the board of supervisors to amend the Plumas County Code to permit schools in light industrial zones. Commissioner Larry Williams had proposed that the commission delay or table that decision. Plumas Charter School has already started negotiations for purchasing the North Mill Creek Road property. As to the property located near the high school, the commission will be getting a report from an engineer and Taletha Washburn, executive director of Plumas Charter School, will be discussing the situation with Engel. UP Plumas Christian School and Lock IN the Principal For More Information Go To: www.plumaschristian.or or In Person 49 South Lindan Avenue, Quincy (530) 283-0415 Galatians 6:9 "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." DEMENTIA CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP February's topic: What is Dementia? Eagle Lake Village invites you to join uSfor our Alzheimer's/Dementia Caregiver Support group held at 2:00 PM on the 4th Tuesday of each month. Ourfirst meeting will be Tuesday, February 28th at 2pm at Eagle Lake Village. Who Could Join (Is? Support People Family Members All are welcome to offend 2001 Paul Bunyan Rd., Susanville, CA 257-6673 License #185002415 PUSD Solicits Applicants for its Measure B Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee The Plumas Unified School District is accepting applications for its Measure B Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee. The committee's mission will be to review expenditures to ensure they are within the scope of the measure and inform the public on the progress of bond-supported school construction projects. This will be a Board- approved advisory committee, which will meet quarterly. The committee needs applicants who represent the following: Business organization representing the business community located within the district Senior citizens' organization Bona fide taxpayers' organization Parent or guardian of student currently enrolled in the District Parent-teacher organization such as Parent Teacher Association or Schoolsite council (must also be a parent orguardian of a student currently enrolled in the District). Member of the community at-large Committee members serve a maximum of three consecutive two-year terms. Interested residents of the district are encouraged to complete and return an application. Bond Oversight Committee applications may be obtained by visiting our website:, at the district office located at 1446 E. Main Street, Quincy or by calling 530-283-6500 ext. 5214. Completed applications must be retumed to the district office no later than Tuesday, February 28, 2017. The Board will approve committee appointments from the pool of applications submitted. r