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Update on the Water Situation

Posted on: March 17, 2014


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).


Filed under: City of Folsom, Folsom, FYI

Folsom Lake Level Highest Since October

Posted on: March 13, 2014

folsom lake leve march 13 2014

Folsom CA: February rain, snow and resulting runoff has brought Folsom lake to 40% of capacity, still far below average for this time of year, but enough that the 5 miler per hour boat speed limit has been lifted.

With no rain in sight, however, community water restrictions are still in effect.

Check with your water district to be clear.

Mandatory water use restrictions for businesses and residences limit landscape watering to two designated days per week; prohibit washing of parking lots, street, driveways or sidewalks; and prohibit use of City water for construction purposes without approval.

City officials are slashing water usage for Landscape and Lighting districts, local parks and City property, and will continue to monitor and correct any overflow problems on public property.

Current Water Restrictions for Folsom

Filed under: City of Folsom, Folsom

It’s Official – Governor Brown Declares Drought State of Emergency

Posted on: January 17, 2014

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Photo: Lea Suzuki, The Chronicle

With California facing water shortfalls in the driest year in recorded state history, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today proclaimed a State of Emergency and directed state officials to take all necessary actions to prepare for these drought conditions.

“We can’t make it rain, but we can be much better prepared for the terrible consequences that California’s drought now threatens, including dramatically less water for our farms and communities and increased fires in both urban and rural areas,” said Governor Brown. “I’ve declared this emergency and I’m calling all Californians to conserve water in every way possible.”


Filed under: City of Folsom, Folsom

Latest Images of Folsom Lake – Old Gravesite and More of What Lies Beneath

Posted on: January 15, 2014

wild cemetery plot

Even with the reduction in flow from Folsom Dam, the lake is disappearing at an alarming rate.  As it does so, it is revealing more of what lies beneath.

The latest images from members include an old metal survey marker, initial carved in rocks, and remnants of an old cemetery.


Filed under: Folsom, Photos, Stuff to Do

Folsom Residents Hold Rain Dance at Lake

Posted on: January 8, 2014

With the threat of a drought, even water-rationing looming, the California Catholic Conference of Bishops is calling on people of all faiths to pray for rain.

Coincidentally, MyFolsom’s own Dawn Grove organized a rain ceremony this past Sunday at Folsom Lake.

I’ll let Dawn tell the story:

rain ceremony

It was eight in the morning on a cold Sunday in January; the sky was pale blue and depressingly clear. Not a cloud in sight. There were fifteen of us representing various races, genders, economic backgrounds, ranging from age two to sixty-five. Many of us were friends, some had not met each other before, but all of us were affected by and concerned about the drought. We were here to call the rains.

We danced the zigzag pattern of the water. We chanted to call the rain, we chanted to call the Spirit of the West to bring them. We made a solemn pledge to honor our Mother Earth and Father Sky. We tied blue ribbons and pinned them to our clothes to make a bond, a promise, to be aware of the precious gift of water and to conserve and use it responsibly.

After the ceremony we hiked the desolate landscape. It was a solemn reminder at first but then we began to talk and laugh. We spent two hours exploring the ruins, taking pictures and looking at the artifacts that folks had placed on stumps and broken walls for us to find (it is illegal to remove anything from the park). We laughed as we helped each other jump the stream and worked as a unit helping a big wheeled stroller over. We joked with strangers and petted dogs and placed our own found artifacts on stumps.

When it was time to leave, we all somehow found each other even though our hike had scattered us for a couple of miles. Without a word or any preset plan we gathered and walked out together. As we neared our cars, we gathered for a group photo and then hugged each other, bonded. We all grinned and many of the participants exclaimed how beautiful the ceremony was. Two women who were strangers before the ceremony left together to get lunch. As friends, they drove away in a convertible; they were chatting and laughing.

The ceremony was not about superstition but about comforting each other. It was about a community coming together to support each other and to channel their concern into something positive. Rain did not immediately begin to fall on our heads but we received a gift almost as good; friendship and hope.

“I do not think the measure of a civilization is how tall its buildings of concrete are,
But rather how well its people have learned to relate to their environment and fellow man.”
Sun Bear of the Chippewa Tribe

Thanks Dawn, for your beautiful post and spirit.

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A Little Advice on Exploring Folsom Lake’s Once-Hidden Treasures

Posted on: January 4, 2014

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Mormon Island, Red Bank and Salmon Falls are notable communities which once stood in the area which was to become Folsom Lake.  Now, as the lake’s water level continues to drop, more and more remnants of these communities are being revealed.

Hundreds if not thousands of people have been visiting the lake as the news spread, and they are making some amazing discoveries.


As Folsom Lake Dries Up, City Orders 20% Cutback

Posted on: December 23, 2013

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Folsom residents and businesses must reduce water use by 20 percent due to a city-wide Water Warning declared today by Folsom City Manager Evert Palmer.

“Folsom Lake, our primary water source, is now at 21 percent capacity, a near record low,” says Palmer. “This low water level, combined with critically dry weather conditions, necessitates immediate action to conserve water and protect our water supply.”

Mandatory water use restrictions for businesses and residences limit landscape watering to two designated days per week; prohibit washing of parking lots, street, driveways or sidewalks; and prohibit use of City water for construction purposes without approval.

“During cold winter months, landscapes need very little water, making this an easy time of year to achieve significant water savings,” says Marcus Yasutake, Environmental & Water Resources Director. “Approximately 60 percent of the water used by a typical Folsom family is directed to landscape. We’re encouraging residents to turn off sprinklers to conserve water. An added benefit will be significant savings on water bills.”

Those who choose to water are restricted to two days per week and asked to avoid excessive watering that runs off onto sidewalks, street and gutters.

Residents with street numbers that end in an even number water on Wednesday andSunday. Those with street addresses that end in an odd number may only irrigate on Tuesdays and Saturdays. No irrigation is permitted on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays.

“Our goal is to gain compliance through voluntary cooperation,” says Yasutake. “We are taking all reasonable measures to assure that our water customers are aware of these restrictions and believe they will do their part to use water wisely.”

City officials are slashing water usage for Landscape and Lighting districts, local parks and City property, and will continue to monitor and correct any overflow problems on public property.


Filed under: City of Folsom, Folsom, FYI

Boats Out by August 3

Posted on: July 22, 2013

Boat owners who have their boats in Brown’s Ravine have about another week before they need to pull them out. The dry winter had a direct impact on Folsom Lake, as dropping water levels are now threatening boats. August 3 is the deadline before boats are stuck in the mud.

Filed under: Folsom, FYI

Jr Lifeguard Summer Camp

Posted on: May 29, 2013

Looking for some last minute summer camp options? How about Junior Lifeguard Camp? California Parks & Rec is holding a lifeguard camp at Beal’s Point at Folsom Lak for kids 9-15. For more information, visit their website at

Filed under: FYI

Folsom Lake Rising Fast

Posted on: March 28, 2012

Recent rains have been very good to Folsom Lake… water levels have risen dramatically in the last 2 weeks. Since March 13, water levels in the lake have jumped 29 feet, and the lake is around as high as it was last time at this year. Though recent rains have been helpful, we won’t truly know how much these storms are helping water needs until snowpack is measured.

Filed under: FYI

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