Rising Up With Sonali

The Oroville Dam Crisis Is Part of a Greater Problem

The California Department of Water Resources has suspended flows from the Oroville Dam spillway after a concrete section eroded on the middle section of the spillway. There is no anticipated threat to the dam or the public. DWR engineers are assessing the options to repair the spillway and control the reservoir water level. The Butte County facility is the tallest dam in the United States at 770 feet and is a key part of the State Water Project. Photo taken February 7, 2017.
Kelly M. Grow/ California Department of Water

The world remains stubbornly silent on the persistent extermination of Rohingya Muslims in Burma, where the besieged minority faces on-going horrors including rape as a weapon. We’ll turn to Simon Billeness, Executive Director of the International Campaign for the Rohingya for more. And, the Oroville Dam in California’s Sacramento Valley faces imminent danger, prompting the evacuations of hundreds of thousands of residents. Juliet Christian-Smith, Senior Climate Scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists will discuss how the nation needs to be better prepared for the strain that extreme weather is putting on our infrastructure in our new age of global warming. Plus, author and academic William Goldsmith joins us to discuss his new book Saving Our Cities: A Progressive Plan To Transform Urban America.

Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar.

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