Tuesday May 30, 2023

CBS News Sacramento

Big crowds were out at Folsom Lake on Memorial Day, and with a record-breaking snowpack, the lake is now nearly full. But there’s also a large amount of water being released downstream

There’s now a plan underway to store more water in the lake, and that involves raising Folsom Dam.

It was a Memorial Day sight not seen in years. Folsom Lake is currently at 116% of its historical average.

“Look at it. This is what we wanted,” one lake visitor said. “It’s what we’ve been waiting for in Sacramento.”

Lake levels are so high, water is being released from five of the main spillway gates at the top of the dam.

Boaters and swimmers are loving having a full lake as we enter the summer season, but after years of drought and water restrictions, some people are sad to see so much water being released.

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