Responding to the emergency at Oroville Dam as only hapless California can, a Northern California lawmaker said he’s carrying legislation requiring state officials to perform annual inspections of auxiliary spillways at Department of Water Resources-managed dams.
Yawn. Even if they did inspect every auxiliary spillway in the state what then?
The measure by Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-Greenbrae, comes as lawmakers race to meet the deadline this week to introduce new bills. Levine said in a prepared statement that he also wants to require that dam operators update their procedures and manuals.
There you have it. More bureaucracy. Mind you there’s no mandate or funding for repairs. Just paperwork.
The people living downstream from these dams should feel relieved that politicians in California care enough to at least talk about their problems – not fix them, but talk about them.
It’s the California way.
Read the whole story in the Sacramento Bee