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Army Corps of Engineers.

State Department of Water Resources officials announced the Army Corps approval of DWR concept designs at the Oroville Recreation Advisory Committee meeting Friday.

The Army Corps of Engineers defines an emergency as situation which would result in an unacceptable hazard to life, a significant loss of property, or an immediate, unforeseen and significant economic hardship if corrective action requiring a permit is not undertaken within a time period less than the normal time needed to process the application under standard procedures.

These are the projects which may be eligible for emergency permits from the Army Corps of Engineers include:

Bidwell Canyon Marina parking lot expansion at an elevation of about 865 ft.

Bidwell Canyon boat ramp lane addition (phase one of the project) and parking lot expansion.

Improving low water access at Lake Oroville and the Bidwell Canyon Marina.

Improving Loafer Creek parking lot and boat ramp.

Expanding the Enterprise boat ramp and improving the access road was also approved for an emergency permit, but DWR officials said that would be delayed to 2018 because they were dealing with a culturally sensitive area.

Committee member Doug Poppelreiter said adding lanes was more important than adding parking lots, as people won come to the lake if they can launch.

More projects, requiring different permitting, are also in the works totalling about $30 million. One was completed in July, the first phase in the expansion of parking at Loafer Creek. The shuttle service, also on the list, has been running on weekends throughout the summer.

it been a popular and successful program, said Aaron Wright, local superintendent for California State Parks.

Remaining projects include: expanding parking at the Lime Saddle boat ramp and the first phase of expanding parking at the Bidwell Canyon boat ramp.

Eric See with DWR field division said all of the above projects would be complete by the end of 2018.

is the largest amount of recreation infrastructure to be completed at Lake Oroville since the package of projects that came out of the Recreation Plan Revision of 1994, See said.

Laura Page with Congressman Doug LaMalfa R Richvale, office also urged the committee to formally pose the question of when the spillway boat launch ramp would be usable again.
design timberland boots Army Corps of Engineers may expedite Oroville recreational improvements