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What the Oroville Dam Disaster Says About America’s Aging Infrastructure
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What the Oroville Dam Disaster Says About America’s Aging Infrastructure

Jenny Rowland and Kevin DeGood discuss the Oroville Dam crisis and why the Trump administration's infrastructure plan inadequately confronts America's aging facilities.

This past week, heavy winter rain caused a 250-foot-long section of northern California’s Oroville Dam’s principal spillway to collapse. In response, state officials began releasing water from an adjacent emergency spillway, leading to the unexpected and rapid erosion of the ground below and the evacuation of 180,000 residents from their homes.

The crisis, which exposed glaring weaknesses with the dam complex, also carries an important lesson for the nation: Increasingly, extreme weather driven by climate change is placing substantial stress on America’s aging infrastructure.

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Authors

Jenny Rowland-Shea

Deputy Director, Public Lands

Kevin DeGood

Director, Infrastructure Policy