Low lake gives opportunity to increase storage

Published: Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 - 1:10 pm

Re "Folsom Lake's drop exposes lost town" (Our Region, Jan. 1): The mostly dry bed of Folsom Lake holds vast potential in our drought. Southern California wants to do to Folsom Lake what they did to Mono Lake. We can't let them. The state Department of Water Resources recognizes the pressing need to increase storage capacity and is planning to raise the height of Shasta Dam. We don't have that option. With our reservoir at record low levels, we have an unprecedented opportunity. We should begin right now to deepen our lake's bed. Every available piece of earth-moving equipment should be working day and night to achieve this goal. The once hoped-for Auburn dam is gone. Its promised capacity for storage and flood protection must be made up somehow. The state and every water interest south of Sacramento should shoulder the cost, with the water agencies paying more the farther they are from our lake. We can't afford to squander this opportunity.

-- John W. Schuff, Rancho Cordova

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