Oroville Dam - An Interview with Martin McCann

February 27, 2017

WBUR Interview

Recently, parts of two spillways at California’s massive Oroville Dam — the nation’s tallest — crumbled in heavy rains, sparking an evacuation of nearly 200,000 people. The dam, completed in 1968, holds back a reservoir of more than a trillion gallons of water, and the spillway failure raises serious questions about dam infrastructure and regulation in California and around the country.

NPR’s Eric Westervelt of Here & Now talks with Martin McCann, director and founder of Stanford University’s National Performance of Dams Program, about Oroville and the lessons its failure might teach.

Oroville Dam Failure A Wake-Up Call For Dam Safety, Maintenance