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Board of Consultants

A Board of Consultants (BOC) is required by California Water Code (Division 3, Part 1, Chapter 3, Section 6056) for modifications to any dam owned by DWR. In addition, FERC requires a Board of Consultants to review and comment on repairs to dams. Therefore, the recovery of the Oroville spillways is being reviewed by the BOC. As is typical for all repairs and new construction for dams regulated by FERC, a BOC is required and has been engaged for the emergency response and recovery of the Oroville Dam spillways. DWR has engaged a five-member BOC for the emergency response and repairs of the Oroville Dam spillways.

The process for the Oroville BOC is the same as for any other dam project – except this Board of Consultants must work at an accelerated pace, in real time with repairs. DWR engineers have and will continue to present information to the BOC, then members of the BOC will comment on DWR preliminary considerations and offer direction prior to DWR making final decisions and furthering design details.

Read the BOC memos.

Safeguarding Security Information

Because dams such as Oroville are critical infrastructure, FERC regulations provide that certain sensitive details may be kept confidential. Given the nature of its work, the memos by the BOC are likely to contain specific engineering, vulnerability and detailed design information about proposed or existing infrastructure that DWR considers “critical energy/electrical infrastructure information,” or CEII, under guidelines set by the FERC.

FERC does not make public documents designated as CEII by dam owners. DWR will evaluate memos and reports by the BOC for CEII content and treat each document accordingly.

Within the bounds of security restrictions, DWR is committed to regularly updating the public on the work, findings and recommendations of the BOC and on the work to rebuild the Oroville spillways before the next storm season.