Oroville Dam Report Finds Water Officials 'Overconfident' and 'Complacent'

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Workers from Kiewit Infrastructure remove grout from the surface of a structural concrete panel on the upper chute at the Lake Oroville flood control spillway in Butte County, California. Photo taken November 22, 2017. Ken James / California Department of Water Resources, FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Photo: Ken James / California Department of Water Resources)

On Friday, the independent team tasked with investigating last February's failure of the Oroville Dam spillway, which caused the evacuation of nearly 200 thousand residents, released its findings. According to the report, culpability for the incident lies with the "long-term systemic failure of the California Department of Water Resources" and other agencies that did not address ongoing problems with the spillway chute. We'll find out what happens now and who may be on the hook to fix the dam once and for all.

Dan Brekke,
editor and reporter, KQED News