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#16 granto

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Posted 23 March 2017 - 11:50 AM

We (taxpayers) just spent a billion dollars for the new gates so that they can keep the lake fuller and not have to release water unless an emergency release is required.  However, in the 5 years the project has been underway, they never updated their 40 year old operation plan and cannot operate the dam with the new gates accounted for.   This is our government at work, let's give them more money to manage things for us!



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Posted 23 March 2017 - 12:12 PM

I think you are referring to the new spillway. Some people here have said is not operational yet. Am waiting for those *in the know* to give us an update on when it can be used. And be careful...some folks here don't like criticism of Calif Govt. I'll let you figure out why!  :)



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Posted 23 March 2017 - 04:22 PM

If its not operational why has nobody been working on it for months now???

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Posted 23 March 2017 - 04:29 PM

Looks pretty DAMN operational to me.

All I heard they have left is landscaping B. S. Nothing to actually do with the function of the spillway.

Granto hit it on the head. Youve got a bunch of checkbox, live by a manual, no common sense people calling the shots.

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Posted 23 March 2017 - 04:33 PM



I think you are referring to the new spillway. Some people here have said is not operational yet. Am waiting for those *in the know* to give us an update on when it can be used.

 

Not saying I am *in the know*; just repeating what I've seen in the news, so take it for whatever it is worth (or not).

 

http://www.spk.usace...liary-Spillway/

"The auxiliary spillway is scheduled to be completed in late 2017."

 

http://www.thepresst...ring-completion

"The Folsom Dam auxiliary spillway project is in its last phase and on schedule to finish by October [2017], according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District."



#21 Sandman

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Posted 01 April 2017 - 09:39 AM

Dumping water yet again. All 5 flood gates open today and no precip in the forecast for the next 2 weeks. Cookoo

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Posted 01 April 2017 - 11:35 AM

Yeah, I saw that. There is a TON of snow still up there, so I'm gonna give them the benefit of the doubt this time. But if we have a low lake level and 5 MPH boating in July or August, I'll be criticizing "them" again.



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Posted 03 April 2017 - 05:45 AM

I think we are very fortunate there is so much snow this year.   I hope it doesn't get too warm too quickly, though.  Oroville won't be allowed to fill while repairs happen so I suspect Folsom will most likely have to help make up the difference again this year.



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Posted 03 April 2017 - 07:54 AM

Yeah, I saw that. There is a TON of snow still up there, so I'm gonna give them the benefit of the doubt this time. But if we have a low lake level and 5 MPH boating in July or August, I'll be criticizing "them" again.

You have to keep in mind that Folsom is not a recreational lake, but there for flood control. Boating comes second. If the Auburn damn would have been built it would be the opposite with Folsom staying full year round. 



#25 Sandman

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Posted 03 April 2017 - 08:44 AM

And why I will no longer buy their overpriced $225 annual boat pass. They screwed everyone last summer/fall.

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Posted 03 April 2017 - 03:50 PM

43" of water is stored in the snow pack.  That's more than the Sacramento area has received all season and look how fast the lake filled-up.  Depending on the rate that it melts, the effect can be like a series of heavy rain storms hitting back-to-back.  The storm coming in this week is also a warmer one, so they probably expect significant melting as it rains in the mountains for a good chunk of the storm.

 

So it makes sense to clear some room.


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Posted 04 April 2017 - 12:55 PM

You have to keep in mind that Folsom is not a recreational lake, but there for flood control. Boating comes second. 

 

Actually, boating/recreation comes 3rd, after 1) flood control, and 2) "environmentalism" ("protecting the Delta Smelt, Delta Frog, Delta Bug, etc" downstream). Then of course all that great water ends up going out to sea. Lovely.



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Posted 05 April 2017 - 08:05 AM

 

Actually, boating/recreation comes 3rd, after 1) flood control, and 2) "environmentalism" ("protecting the Delta Smelt, Delta Frog, Delta Bug, etc" downstream). Then of course all that great water ends up going out to sea. Lovely.

Well there you go. No one should be complaining about the short boating season then. Realistically unless you are out on the Lake in the AM during the midweek, the lake sucks. If you are into water sports the Delta is the place to go. If you are into drinking/drunks, people that have no idea on how to operate watercraft and 3 foot swells then Folsom is the place to be. 



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Posted 25 April 2017 - 12:11 PM

Speaking of lake levels, nice to see that Lake Tahoe has made a nice comeback. Chart below.

 

http://tahoe.uslakes.info/Level.asp



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Posted 07 June 2017 - 09:11 AM

Update here: http://www.tomatopag...showtopic=43027


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