Folsom Lake begins the new year with 431,178 acre feet of water, which is 90% of the average for a January 1.
Compare this to 1 year ago, when the lake was at 184,780, and it’s obvious we’re in much better shape. We’re not out of the woods yet, as the snow pack runs from about 40% of normal in the Central Sierras, to 53% in the North.
For 2015, the National Weather Service has designated California under the category ‘drought remains but improves’, it’s great to see the lake level rising, but remember that we are still in a drought, so please continue to use water wisely.
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).