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Lost city revealed as Folsom lake levels drop

Lost City Revealed as Lake Levels Drop

What do you call a marina with no water in it?

'It's almost as low as I've ever seen it,' long-time neighbor Frank Wilcox said Thursday.

The City of Folsom is calling that a critical situation.

They've already imposed restrictions on landscape watering as Folsom Lake, at one fifth it's total capacity, is on the verge of breaking a record for low water levels.

Now, citing the driest year in more than 100 years of record keeping, the County of Sacramento is asking its residents to search for ways they can lower their water use by 20 percent.

Meanwhile, people are taking advantage of the rapidly growing shoreline by the lake. As the water goes down, the metal detectors come out.

In the late 1800′s, a mining village called Mormon Island was located at the foot of what would become Folsom Lake. By design, the new lake swallowed Mormon Island when the American River was dammed.

But now, the receding water line has spit the muddy rubble of the village back out.

For amateur archaeologists, it's a rare opportunity. Especially in a time when more traditional forms of winter fun just aren't the same.

"Usually we would be up the hill, skiing or snowboarding- enjoying the snow pack. But it's just not there this year," said one woman, walking the beach with a metal detector.

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avercos December 27 2013 at 6:27 PM

Don't "ask" residents to try to conserve water -- they won't. I know this, because my neighbor's were watering the Kentucky Bluegrass everyday where I live, even though there were mandatory watering restrictions. They eventually got caught by the "water police," because the utilities can actually see how much water you use per day.

Impose water "limits" per day. Amounts above that are charged at a hefty premium.

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jthofks avercos December 27 2013 at 6:31 PM

How about Cali farms stop growing the type of crops that need to grow in areas where they get 60 to 90 inches of rain a year? All a scam

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Al S December 27 2013 at 5:31 PM

really? who cares

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Normie Baby December 27 2013 at 5:28 PM

Waaaaayyy too many people in CA. We are running out of water everywhere.

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imaprod Normie Baby December 27 2013 at 5:31 PM

the "illegals" problem continues.

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bonnieallmine Normie Baby December 27 2013 at 6:10 PM

Ten percent of all Americans live in California, but it is a very large state. Population is far denser back east. Look it up.

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JNikwolf December 27 2013 at 5:18 PM

They are pumping water out of all of the reservoirs at 4 to 10 times greater than the inflow. Folsom Lake is at 20% capacity and the others are about 33%. Southern California needs this water more than the green North. Wait until the 2 tunnels are built. They refuse to try desalination. Pump and destroy is all the state government knows.

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bonnieallmine JNikwolf December 27 2013 at 6:11 PM

Desalination and recycling of water is very much in place in California. Southern California is trying to cut its dependence on imported water from Northern California, not increase it. That is the policy for every water management group, and department in Southern California.

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jwood1952 December 27 2013 at 6:43 PM

I've been in Ca. since '61, we've had at least 5 major droughts that I can recall, most last about 3 years, the longest I've seen is 7 years. So we're just beginning. Course we didn't have 35 million folks + a few million illegals, back then either.

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pryorkimpryor December 27 2013 at 5:10 PM

This article makes it sound like there's no snow in the Sierra and that people can't ski. We've had a couple storms in the Sierra and the temps were really cold so the ski resorts were able to make snow to add to the natural base.

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bfgair pryorkimpryor December 27 2013 at 6:04 PM

To make snow you HAVE TO have to use LARGE amounts of WATER!!!!. So you end up using MORE water to make snow to ski on. I doesn't take a very smart third grader to see that this is NOT a very good idea. OOOOO wait a min. this is Calif mentality we are talking about.

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jdclamped December 27 2013 at 7:30 PM

Guess it is time they move west

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hi babe December 27 2013 at 7:33 PM

Lived in Folsom over 40 yrs. Had water restrictions several times. Why they keep building is a mystery to me. Was a great town at one time. Oh well, progress I guess.

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rjmysl December 28 2013 at 12:37 AM

A dead fish is the best picture they can come up with??!

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SRJimVal2 rjmysl December 28 2013 at 1:23 AM

Semper Paratus

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Pretty Lil' Muz rjmysl December 28 2013 at 2:18 AM

I live here and trust me that WAS the most exciting thing.....It gets exposed every couple of years and its a state park so its a felony to remove any mormon island artifacts

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Nobear December 27 2013 at 4:31 PM

in new york there is the great sangandaga wich was made by flooding a community. If ever it dries up what fun that would be to rumage

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Joe Nobear December 27 2013 at 4:54 PM

No shortage of water there.. There are 44 lakes in that county alone and all are full..

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