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California’s welcomed wet winter has turned troublesome as news of a crisis at the dam on Lake Oroville, 80 miles (130km) north of Sacramento, has spread across the world. On February 7, the state’s second largest reservoir, Lake Oroville, reached its capacity for safe operating, and water was diverted down its large concrete spillway into the Feather River.

At a February 22 meeting, the State Water Resources Control Board will vote on a resolution to fully make climate change considerations a part of the board’s actions, which builds off a 2007 resolution and takes into account additional duties of the board.

The emergency situation at Oroville Dam is just one indicator that California’s flood control system is being put to the test this winter, according to the L.A. Times, which cites 16 reservoirs in the state that are 90 percent full.

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