Capital Branch Lunch Meeting

October 24, 2018
6:00 PM to 7:15 PM
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Blue Prynt Restaurant & Bar
815 11th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

TOPIC: Oroville Dam – 2017 Breach and Repair
Ted Craddock, State Department of Water Resource



On February 7, 2017, erosion was discovered on the lower chute of the main flood control spillway at Lake Oroville.  Over the next few months, the California Department of Water Resources and its partners were able to stabilize the situation and safely release record breaking runoff through the significantly damaged spillway, while concurrently developing plans to reconstruct the main and emergency spillways.  This presentation will provide an overview of the incident and the extraordinary efforts required to design and reconstruct the spillways.

About the speaker:

Ted Craddock is an Assistant Deputy Director for the State Water Project with the California Department of Water Resources (DWR).  Ted has twenty-four years of experience as a Professional Engineer focused on the management, planning, design, construction, and operation of water and hydropower systems.  In 2017, Ted served as Project Manager of the Oroville spillways reconstruction effort.  Prior to this assignment, Ted managed the $250 million East Branch Extension project in Southern California, which includes two large-diameter pipelines, two reservoirs, and three pump stations.  Ted also served as lead engineer for the design and construction of Crafton Hills Dam and Dyer Reservoir and engineering feasibility studies of the Sites Reservoir dams.  Ted holds a BS degree in Civil and Materials Engineering from the University of California at Davis.