The Folsom City Council unanimously voted to see Sacramento County over the planned expansion of Mather Airport.
If the plan goes through, Mather would become a major hub for cargo carriers, and there is concern over flyover noise.
“If the master plan proceeds as planned and Mather is converted to a significant cargo hub, the impacts on the residents of Folsom will be significant into perpetuity, and that is unacceptable,” Folsom Mayor Kerri Howell said.
The county Board of Supervisors last month voted for a master plan calling for $107 million in improvements to the airport. Airport officials say the improvements are needed to bring the former U.S. Air Force base up to current standards.
Take a look at the photos above. On the left we see Folsom Lake as it should be. On the right, that’s what it’s looked like in recent months. It is getting better, though.
From the City of Folsom:
The good news is that inflow into Folsom Reservoir is now exceeding outflow. However, even with February rains, the reservoir is still significantly below capacity, and Sierra snowpack is far below normal as the statewide drought continues.
Marcus Yasutake, Folsom’s Environmental and Water Resources Director, provided a water supply update at the March 11th City Council meeting.
Yasutake noted that:
Folsom Reservoir is currently at 380,950 acre feet (approximately 38 percent capacity), compared to 199,639 acre feet in December 2013 when Folsom implemented the Stage 3 Water Warning (note that as of today, the lake stands at 398,797 acre feet, approximately 41% of capacity).