If the lake level, which is at historic lows, drops close to the intake valve at 320 feet, water from the lake can’t get into the tubes to be pumped to people who need it.
Even though some parts of the lake still look like a desert after a heavy rain, there’s reason the feds are somewhat optimistic.
Plummeting water levels are fueling the search for answers in a decades old mystery at Folsom Lake.
The move comes after a suggested 20 percent reduction in overall water use in homes that could move up to 50 percent if the winter leaves Folsom Lake dry.
The Bureau of Reclamation is drastically cutting back on water releases from the Folsom Dam into the American River from 800 cubic feet per second to just 500 cfs by Friday.
Sacramento ended 2013 14 inches below average rainfall.
Officials say water levels at the lake haven’t been this low since the late 1970′s. The lake is below 20 percent of capacity. At this time in 2012, it was at 80 percent of capacity.
Folsom tells homeowners to turn off sprinklers as Folsom Lake was at 367 feet on Monday, or 21 percent of capacity and 43 percent of normal for this time of the year.
The current drought has water levels at their lowest level in years. Doug Beardslee rents a slip at the Folsom Lake Marina for easy access to the cool water on a warm day like today.
A toddler’s near-drowning at Folsom Lake is a frightening reminder to parents to make sure their child is wearing a properly fitting life vest.
A life vest may have actually endangered a little girl rather than help her after falling into Folsom Lake Saturday afternoon.
Hot weather didn’t stop thousands of people from coming out to Folsom Lake for Big Wake Weekend. When the boats weren’t racing, people took advantage of the water.