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An independent expert from the University of California, Berkeley, this week released a 78-page report outlining what he thinks went wrong with Lake Oroville’s damaged spillway. The news comes during the same week that a Nebraska-based construction company, Kiewit Corp, won a $275 million contract for repairs to the dam’s damaged spillways.

NASA reported that parts of the Sierra Nevada received more snow this year than in the past four years combined, and the snowpack is up to 80 feet in areas of the Central Sierra. While this is good news for water supply, it may pose flood risks.

Recently retired U.S. senator Barbara Boxer and former state assembly member Fabian Nunez have joined lobbying efforts for a controversial desalination plant in Huntington Beach that has been seeking permits for almost 20 years, according to the Orange County Register.

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