From above, it looks miraculous. A massive canyon filled in, and near tragedy transformed into triumph, and officials, including Grant Davis, director of the California Department of Water Resources, are justly proud.
“This project is a stunning feat. I’ve been told by engineers and dam experts from across the country just how impressed they are by the amount of work completed in such an accelerated timeline,” Davis said Wednesday as he delivered on his predecessor Bill Croyle’s vow — to have a working gated spillway at Oroville Dam by Nov. 1.
While the progress certainly breaks the recent trend of snail-paced construction projects in California, officials may be exaggerating the accomplishments and downplaying remaining dangers.