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ORAC: Low Levels at Lake Oroville Affect Local Economy

The Oroville Recreation Advisory Committee, also known as ORAC, is pushing back against the Department Of Water Resources in response to the lower Lake Oroville levels.

Posted: Jul. 9, 2018 6:25 PM

OROVILLE, Calif. -- The Oroville Recreation Advisory Committee, also known as ORAC, is pushing back against the Department of Water Resources in response to the lower Lake Oroville levels.

ORAC said the lower water levels have had a negative impact on the local economy.

The water level on Monday at Lake Oroville was 799 feet which is about 100 feet from being full. If the level keeps decreasing and reaches 707 feet, this specific lane will have to close.

According to ORAC, with the spillway gone, 40% of the lanes are gone as well.

ORAC said the lower lake levels reduce lane availability from 43 lanes to eight or nine lanes for boat launches.

ORAC has been fighting for more lanes. The DWR recently released an estimate of 10 lanes for the past 4th of July holiday, but ORAC Chairman Kevin Zeitler says this just is not enough.

"The problem with the 10 lanes is there are not really 10 lanes. When you have things blocking this, you have trucks and other things blocking the lanes, four lanes aren't really four lanes, four lanes are two lanes at this particular point," said Zeitler.

Zeitler said he is starting a petition. He will ask for 40 lanes to be built from the top to the bottom. Additionally, he wants a shuttle system during the recreational season and warm water swimming.

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