Water Level Low at Folsom Lake
Photos taken in January show the view of Folsom Lake from the location of the start/finish tower for the 2013 race.
The ongoing effort to keep Sacramento on the H1 Unlimited schedule for 2014 has met a serious roadblock. Projections for Folsom Lake have water levels this spring too low to accomodate the race course and pit area.
A story in the Sacramento Bee says -
Plan for a dry 2014 – so parched that extraordinary measures are needed now.
California depends on a few winter storms in the Sierra Nevada between October and April for its water supplies, and they just haven’t happened. The Sierra Nevada snowpack is only 20 percent of normal, as reported by the state Department of Water Resources on Friday. The last time California’s statewide snowpack was this dry was in 2012, when it also was 20 percent of normal.
The situation in our region already is dire for communities that depend on American River water stored in Folsom Reservoir, which is at 19 percent of capacity. This immediately affects more than 500,000 people, including those living in Folsom, Roseville and Granite Bay.
The San Juan Water District, which serves 265,000 customers in Granite Bay and portions of Roseville, Folsom and Orangevale, has issued an urgent report. If current trends continue, water levels at Folsom Reservoir will drop below intake pipes by April or May. That is, those pipes will be sucking air.
Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2014/01/05/6044996/editorial-water-situation-is-dire.html#storylink=cpy