Apparently in 2008, it was found that a key reservoir in part of California’s water delivery system was found to be in serious danger of collaps during an earthquake.
During test borings 2008, consultants found that the dam’s foundation was not built on solid bedrock in 1950s. Rather, there is some sand and gravel under it, which could liquefy in a big quake, causing the dam to potentially slump and fail.
Esentially that means the dam needs to be replaced. What’s there taken out, dig down to bedrock and rebuild it. Several in Utah have undergone this proceedure in recent years. So what’s the hold up?
The district has worked on a project to rebuild the dam, but it has faced numerous delays and cost overruns. The project’s cost estimate is now $550 million. Construction was scheduled to begin next year, but the district has said it has had difficulty obtaining permits from other government agencies.
And it’s NOT federal agencies that have been holding this up.
The district also is sponsoring a bill in the state Legislature, introduced Friday, that would expedite permits for the dam rebuilding project. On Monday, many questions remained unanswered. Nevertheless, the news that the biggest reservoir in the county will go dry sometime after Oct. 1 is a major development in Silicon Valley’s water picture.
It’s California officials who are dragging their feet on issuing permits for the Dam to be rebuilt. Fed’s have had enough, and have ordered it to be drained until it can be made safe.
Anyone see the problem here (and I’m not talking Federal problem)