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Days after the evacuation orders were lifted in February, The Sacramento Bee filed requests to the state under the California Public Records Act. In one request, the newspaper sought design specifications, federal inspection reports, technical documents, the results of rock sampling and other information. Outside engineers told The Bee such records would likely provide an accounting of what caused a gaping chasm to form in the dam’s main concrete spillway on Feb. 7 and the near collapse of the dam’s emergency spillway a few days later.
The Bee also sought internal communications and emails from Brown’s office. Those records could show how Brown and his top staff members were coordinating the ongoing crisis with each other, with outside agencies and with members of the public.
The administration denied the request for technical information about the dam and provided a limited response to the request for internal communications.
In response to the lengthy report from Berkeley, Erin Mellon with the Natural Resources Agency maintained that the green spot is being caused by rain. 'These green spots were first noticed just after construction of the dam when there wasn't even water in the reservoir,' Mellon told the Mercury News
But Bea disagrees with DWR officials about the green spot and said those claims are problematic, as the green area has been present during the drought and not just wet periods
Inspection records show that the DWR drilled the spot in 2016, and Bea questions why the state organization would excavate if it knew 100 percent that the spot was being caused from rainfall.