What a difference a storm (or two) makes!
Back in August Folsom Lake’s water level was below what it was during the historic drought conditions of 2014 – 2015. The lake’s storage was at 214,225 acre feet (24% capacity), and the Department of Water Resources projected it would drop to 15% of capacity by December.
With that news, and facing the second driest year since 1977, Folsom City Manager Elaine Andersen issued a Stage 3 water conservation declaration. This declaration came with an order that water customers would be required to reduce consumption by 20%.
Surprise Relief Arrives
Then came the first ‘atmospheric river’ storm in October. That storm brought from 5 to as much as 18 inches of rain to various parts of the region and that, along with the resulting runoff brought Folsom’s water level to 32% of capacity.
It wasn’t enough to cure the drought, and gave relief and perhaps an end to the fire season, but experts warned that we needed a lot more rain, and more importantly, snow.
Atmospheric river number 2 blew through the area this week, and today, the lake’s water storage stands at approximately 402,000 acre feet.
Perhaps more importantly, this storm brought with it snow, and lots of it. The Sierra snowpack is currently at 83% of average. It was at 19% of average last week.
While this is great news, experts warn that they can’t declare the drought over, and we should continue to conserve.
Another system is coming our way next week, bringing more rain and snow.
Take Advantage of the Break
Meanwhile, since we’ve got a couple of dry days ahead of us, here are a couple of suggestions for great ‘only in Folsom’ activities:
Friday night is the Historic District’s Home Town Concert. With 4 bands playing from 6pm to 10pm, featuring everything from sing-along Christmas carols, to blues and reggae, there’s something for everyone. This free event will be held at the Zittel Amphitheater. Come early and enjoy dinner at one of the District’s great restaurants, or visit the shops for unique gifts.
For something completely different, try Wild Nights and Holiday Lights at the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary. Thousands of colorful lights decorate the grounds, buildings and animal exhibits at the zoo. An enchanted forest of beautifully decorated trees provides a colorful backdrop for photos. Carolers fill the air with seasonal cheer, and you might even meet zoo bear mascot Santa Paws.
Be safe, and Happy Holidays from the MyFolsom family.