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Big Belly

Folsom to go back to 5MPH as of July 15, 2008

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Big Belly

I forgot where I read it (one of the local news channels) but it sounds like Folsom water levels will be on a sharp fall due to drought conditions (and politics I'm sure) and the entire lake will go back to a 5MPH only speed limit effective July 15, 2008.

I'm not a huge fan of Folsom but was bummed about this news. Anyone else read this?

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D-GOOSE

Not a big shocker after being out there this week. I would just like to see who posted the report.

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thethrillofspeed

Folsom is not my favorite lake, but since it is 1/2 a mile from my brothers house we go there quite a bit. The Sac Bee didn't address why they are draining it so fast. My guess is fish...grrr.

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vlxjeff

They're not draining any of the lakes faster than normal. The problem is that they started in the hole this year due to the dry spring.

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Big Belly

It's from news10.net.

FOLSOM, CA - Ron and Pam Nepstead of Folsom waited years for a slip for their power-boat at Folsom Lake Marina at Brown's Ravine. Now, on their first summer on the water, they will have to take their boat out by July 2.

"We just got this slip after five or six years of waiting and looking forward to spending all summer out here from the dock," said Pam.

A record dry spring in Northern California has left lakes and reservoirs dropping fast and concessionaires like Ken Christensen of Folsom Lake Marina facing a grim year just trying to break even.

"It's just terrible and pulling boats out makes 675 slip-renters very unhappy. It makes us unhappy," Christensen said.

To make matters worse, the speed limit for boats on the lake will drop to 5 miles an hour on July 15.

"We just had a great day. We were out there three, four hours, took my kids out, tubed. Had a wonderful time. And I'm going to miss that. I wanto to be able to do that all summer," said Teri, a power-boat enthusiast from Folsom. She said the 5-mile-an-hour speed limit will be the final blow. "You won't want to take your speedboat out there because you can't ski. You can't tube. You can't wakeboard."

For families like the Nepsteads, it's especially frustrating. They live nearby and the lake is a quick drive. Now, they'll have to take a much longer trip to run their boat. "I think the Delta will have plenty of water for quite awhile, so we'll have to move on over there," Ron said.

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chathamsolutions

bad news for all of CA when this happens.

I remember it was just January and everyone was singing a happy tune, 'We're at 80% of rainfall this year. Expected to be a great rain year."

How quickly the song changes...

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Malibudude

Actually the lake is almost perfect this low....

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chathamsolutions

perfect for driving 5MPH?

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68Slalom

I guess maybe you can break the law a little bit and do some surfing :unsure:

That really sucks to have a lake with water and not be able to go more than 5mph Whistling.gif I thought the bayarea was bad :)

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UWSkier

why would they impose a speed limit for a lake being low? Around here, we only get no-wake restrictions when things are high (like now).

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Malibudude
why would they impose a speed limit for a lake being low? Around here, we only get no-wake restrictions when things are high (like now).

Because too many morons kept hitting things and then blaming the state parks....so their way to sove it was to restrict the speed.

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68Slalom
why would they impose a speed limit for a lake being low? Around here, we only get no-wake restrictions when things are high (like now).

Because too many morons kept hitting things and then blaming the state parks....so their way to sove it was to restrict the speed.

Then the "state park" should identify hazards and low spots with buoys, that's what I've seen done at other lakes. Berryessa was good about that, but they already knew where these spots were and could warn boaters before it was too late.

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Big Belly

They like to use that badge they have on their chest. Like I said in my first post, there is politics in this. There is a record of low water for many years with unrestricted speed limits. They used to threaten it but rarely, if ever, enforced it (until last year).

From what I understand, there is a new person in charge and therefore new enforcement. Although we did have great rainfall early in the year, there is no doubt a shortage however, this is not just about lack of runoff/rainfall.

Just my .02

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Big Belly

As much as I hate to defend them, Folsom is a very shallow lake when you compare it to other reservoirs in Ca.. Because it's so shallow and flat and water levels fall so rapidly, you would need an entire lake full of buoys...literally.

They have done a pretty good job of marking the major hazards at many different water levels but it would be very costly in time and money to try and mark everything.

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SFD
why would they impose a speed limit for a lake being low? Around here, we only get no-wake restrictions when things are high (like now).

What lake - I thought you pulled the plug out?

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Big Belly

I stand corrected, just watched the news tonight and now they are saying July 2 and not the 15th...........oh brother! They say they expect water levels to fall even faster.

Sounds like the SoCal residents need more water...I guess Dontknow.gif

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UWSkier
why would they impose a speed limit for a lake being low? Around here, we only get no-wake restrictions when things are high (like now).

What lake - I thought you pulled the plug out?

One lake drained. The other 3,000 or so lakes in the southern half of the state are high with many over their banks and under no wake restrictions. Pewaukee lake in particular is under a no motors restriction. If you're not in a sailboat or a rowboat, you can't even go out.

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