Wet January starts to ease the pain at California Recreational Reservoirs
5 MPH Vessel Speed Limit at Folsom Lake Lifted
FOLSOM, Calif. – State Park officials at Folsom Lake State Recreation Area have announced the lifting of the 5 mile per hour speed limit restriction for all vessels at the lake. The 5 MPH speed restriction had been put in place on July 13, 2015 for public safety concerns due to hazards and the low water conditions.
“This is great news for boaters and fishermen and all who enjoy the lake,” stated Folsom Lake Superintendent Richard Preston. Preston went on to say, “Even so, boaters and others should still exercise extreme caution while boating as rising lake levels can mask unmarked hazards and increase the amount of floating debris.”
Launch ramps are currently open at Granite Bay and Brown’s Ravine. All other ramps remain closed until the lake level increase further.
Speed restrictions in 2014 were in effect from August 9, 2014 – December 19, 2014.
Folsom Lake State Recreation Area office is located at 7755 Folsom-Auburn Road in Folsom. For more information, call (916) 988-0205.
In other News: Lake Oroville, the state’s largest reserve, Tuesday stood at 60 percent of its historical average for the date.
In a report posted by the SFGate: – “California to release more reservoir water thanks to El Niño storms” The State discussed the release of a little more water from the mountain reservoirs to start helping the serious conditions being felt in many central California communities.
This came after a breaking report where, Folsom Lake east of Sacramento rose 44 feet in the last month, and even more impressive, the elevation at Lake Oroville shot up a dramatic 20 feet in only six days.
“This isn’t entirely unusual, but it doesn’t happen every day,” said Kevin Wright, the California Department of Water Resources Oroville Field Division’s water services supervisor. “We haven’t seen the water level rise like this since we’ve had the drought over the past approximately four years.”
While the snow in the Sierra has been fantastic for recreation this winter, we still need several hundred inches of snow before spring to make a lasting positive impression in the drought conditions. Another Storm looks to move into the Sierra this Saturday which could drop another foot of snow on the High Sierra.
About California’s Drought
California has been dealing with the effects of drought. To learn about all the actions the state has taken to manage our water system and cope with the impacts of the drought, visit Drought.CA.Gov.
Every Californian should take steps to conserve water at home, at work and even when recreating outdoors. Find out how at SaveOurWater.com.