Water officials in the Sacramento region today begin a weeklong campaign to draw attention to Folsom Lake’s future.
The campaign, dubbed “For the Sake of the Lake,” is the work of Protect Our Folsom Water, a partnership between the city of Roseville and San Juan Water District. Both rely on water stored in Folsom Reservoir. San Juan also serves Citrus Heights, Fair Oaks, Orange Vale Water Co., Folsom, Granite Bay, and Sacramento Suburban Water District.
The agencies are concerned about the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, a $25 billion proposal by the state to build two giant water diversion tunnels in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
Computer modeling for the plan revealed that Folsom Lake could be depleted in one out of every 10 years by 2060. The lake would drop so low that water for agencies like Roseville and San Juan would be inaccessible, a condition known as “dead pool.” The primary cause is climate change alone, though the proposed tunnels could worsen the effects in some months.
The campaign begins today with a press conference at 10:30 a.m. “on the lakebed” at the Granite Bay entrance to the lake. Other events this week include a day of storytelling on Friday about the importance of the lake. Supporters can take a pledge to protect the lake by visiting protectourfolsomwater.com.
– Matt Weiser