California lake closes to boaters

(KCRA) More water is being released from California’s Folsom Lake to help reduce salinity in the Delta.

The Bureau of Reclamation increased water flows from Folsom Dam early Wednesday morning.

The wind, tides and lack of water in the Delta have become a concern for the Bureau.

“All of those things have come to a head right now and there are salinity issues in the Delta that need to be managed by increasing the releases out of Folsom,” said Erin Curtis, the spokesperson for the Bureau’s Mid-Pacific Region. “The important place to make the releases right now is Folsom.”

The increased flows mean Folsom Lake is dropping fast.

“You can see the waterline is receded,” said Kerry Johnson, who rents a boat slip at Folsom Marina in Brown’s Ravine. “We normally pull out, in a good year, in November.”

Boat owners have been told to remove their boats from the slips by June 14, just as the summer boating season heats up.

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