Tuesday May 19 2009
Folsom Lake almost full
By: Jenifer Gee Journal Staff Writer
High water levels means longer recreation season
High lake levels may mean more recreation fun for water enthusiasts but officials remain concerned about our water supply. Folsom Lake is reportedly about 20 percent above its normal levels for this time of year, but systemwide, the state’s reservoirs for the Central Valley Project are only 75 percent of normal, according to Pete Lucero, Bureau of Reclamation public affairs officer. Lucero said over a 15-year average, the lake has about 7,700 acre-feet of water. This week, the water level was at 9,250 acre-feet and Folsom Lake has a 9,770 acre feet capacity. “It’s in pretty good shape,” Lucero said Tuesday. The reason for the high level is melting snow pack and recent rainfall that the reservoir has been able to catch, Lucero said. Lucero said the water at Folsom Lake is used for “quite a number” of downstream users and city municipalities. The water is also “integral” to the health of the Delta. He said this year he expects lake recreation activities to last longer. Last year, boating activity was stopped around the Fourth of July because of low water levels. This year, Lucero said he expects boating season to last into August. Dan Tynan, sector superintendent for Folsom Lake State Recreation Area, said the lake hasn’t been at its current level “in ages.” “When it’s this full, it’s great recreationally,” Tynan said. “The boaters love it, the fishers love it. It’s really a beautiful lake when it’s a full pool.” The Journal’s Jenifer Gee can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or post a comment.