Folsom Lake is nearly full, but extra releases are needed this summer to make up for shortages elsewhere

For the first time in nearly two years, Folsom Lake is looking nearly full. The sight of a high waterline is a welcome one for boaters, boarders and jet skiers whose season was limited or even canceled last year because of low water levels. Managers with the Department of Reclamation say that the turnaround this season was a combination of some late-season rain and snow in April and better system-wide water management and forecasting overall. “Today, we’re better than twice the storage in Folsom than we are at this date last year," said Drew Lessard, Area Manager for the Department of Reclamation, which manages functions at Folsom Lake.