It will be hard to forget our family outing to Folsom Lake last February. Not only was it Super Bowl Sunday for this long-suffering Seahawks fan, it was also a stark reminder of the drought impact to our region. The lake looked more like a desert/archeological paradise.
When I watched son RJ inspecting ruins from the 1850s Gold Rush community of Mormon Island, I was struck with what a rare opportunity we were experiencing. After all, these ruins had spent generations underwater. It was also disconcerting; because this multi-year drought was (and continues to) threaten our state’s farms, cities and environment.
My recent return trip to Folsom Lake showed more than a glimmer of hope. The marina at Brown’s Ravine – a short walk from Mormon Island – is starting to fill. The Park Rangers I spoke with said they were enjoying seeing the rapid rise in the water level. At last report, Folsom Lake reached 85 percent of it’s historical average.