Repairing the Feather River (NOAA Story Map)

About one year ago, record rainfall and snowmelt wreaked sudden damage on the spillways at Oroville Dam in Central California, putting nearly 200,000 people who live downstream in danger. NOAA Fisheries worked closely with the California Department of Water Resources (CDWR) to support their rapid and extensive emergency measures to protect downstream communities and assist first responders. While public safety was paramount, our concerns and assistance went beyond that to also take in to account the ecological effects of the extraordinary flows on the Feather River’s sensitive ecosystem and the threatened fish that depend on it.

This is the story of how dedicated biologists and other agency staff took action to safeguard imperiled fish that are vital to California’s economy and culture and to major West Coast salmon fisheries. Looking back a year after the emergency, we can now see how those timely actions paid off for Feather River salmon, and everyone who depends on them. (more)

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Darren Suen has been selected for the Board’s new Policy Advisor position. He performed this function in Acting capacity for the last year, working to raise awareness about the Board’s role in flood management and to advance flood policies that support public safety and provide benefits to the environment and agriculture communities. Prior, Darren was the Department of Water Resources serving as Program Lead and Policy Advisor for the Assistant Division Chief of the Flood Management Division and the Deputy Director in Flood Operations Center during flood emergencies. Darren has a long career in program management and flood control, working in private, State, and federal agencies. Currently, he also serves as a member of the Elk Grove City Council. Congratulations to Darren!

Michael Wright has been selected to fill the Chief Engineer position beginning April 2, 2019. Michael has been with the Board since 2011. During his tenure, Michael has held multiple supervisory positions, including Enforcement Section Chief, Acting Operations Branch Chief, and Plan Implementation and Compliance Branch Chief. For the past eight months, he has been filling the Chief Engineer role. Congratulations, Michael Wright.