Wednesday, April 23, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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Solution to future water problems

EDITOR:

If the lack of water is so important, why haven’t the boneheads in charge of Water Resources sent a lot of excavators, bulldozers and equipment to Folsom Lake?

Cutting down the hills in that lake would increase future water storage dramatically. A 3-cubic-yard bucket would add about 605 gallons of water with each scoop. This is a lot cheaper than building a new reservoir.

RICHARD EVANS
Placerville

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  • Frank MatyusFebruary 09, 2014 - 5:21 am

    yes Richard that makes perfect sense but for the same reason Sierra Fund had a hand in the outlawing of suction dredging (SB670) and now is seeking 9 million greenbacks of tax payer monies to fund their project using a suction dredge for the Combie Resiorvoir project move that dirt nowadays takes an act of god, even the government has to go to a dozen diff departments for proper permits and by the time the permits have been approved it won't matter anymore or a lawsuit will most likely take place by some extreme enviornmental group claiming it will destroy a worm that lives only in Folsom Lake very much like the Spotted Owl

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  • cookie65February 12, 2014 - 6:46 am

    Yep. When there is no money for anything, opportunity to do something that is actually productive is wasted. The park rangers determined that the 4 wheelers playing in the mud at Folsom were illegal and cited them for it. I wonder if the evidence of their tragic misdeeds is still there? The reason they were unable to find the plane is because it is buried in sediment. We don't have leaders. We have people who couldn't run a lemonaid stand.

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  • cookie65February 12, 2014 - 7:25 am

    Consider the panama canal. Something that today would be tied up in the courts for decades before the first shovel of dirt could be moved. Fought by whom? Civilization's worst enemy. The environMENTAList wackjobs. Now consider the millions of tons of coal and billions of gallons of diesel fuel that haven't been burned by making the trip around the horn. Not to mention the number of ship that haven't been lost. So the environmental "impact" caused by the panama canal is the cosmic opposite of what the tyrannical enviro's would have claimed. But they surrendered the greatest gift of all. The freedom of thought.

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  • Liberal TaxpayerFebruary 12, 2014 - 12:42 pm

    Awfully easy to predict what WOULD HAVE happened. Do you ever go outside, like to Yosemite? That valley was targeted to be filled with water just like the beautiful Hetch Hetchy valley. But one of your hated environMENTALists, John Muir, fought to keep that from happening. But if you had your way, all environmental communist socialist takers would be lined up and shot so the wastes and chemicals and industrial sludge would run free like that unregulated chemical plant back east. What an ugly world you want to live in.

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  • FrankFebruary 13, 2014 - 6:47 am

    where would we be if ther were no dams? how civilized would the people be? there are enviorgroups that would like to tear down all the dams here in California, Hetch Hetchy is just one of many. yes, i see the peaceful demos in Oakland and San Francisco, merchants suffer at there hands

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  • jodyFebruary 12, 2014 - 8:16 am

    first it has already been determined that the cost/benefit to dredge out folsom lake isn' there. 2nd folsom has only collected 4% silt. 3rd, folsom lake filled the first year it was completed preventing major flooding of Sacramento, it's original purpose. 4th, the reason the dam has been raised is for flood protection, allowing them to keep the level higher year round. 5th, and this is the most important, we are in a drought. dredging won't change current conditions

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  • Robert D NollFebruary 12, 2014 - 10:17 am

    the damn at Folsom has not been raised

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  • Pat SnellingFebruary 12, 2014 - 11:57 am

    Yes, Robert. The levies have been raised.... it came under the Matsui-Doolittle Bill in response to "flooding" in the late 90s. Raising the levies was not for water "storage' and the part raised is designed for temporary water. Folsom Lake has a capacity of 1 Million acre-feet.

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  • jodyFebruary 12, 2014 - 3:05 pm

    original proposals floated for raising dam had it as high as 17 ft. the latest info I have found is it Will be raised 3.5 ft. work to be completed after wing dam is completed. technically I was wrong.

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  • James E.February 12, 2014 - 12:52 pm

    Liberal Taxpayer, when you think only of excessive profit it doesn't matter how ugly the world gets.

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  • citizenFebruary 12, 2014 - 5:25 pm

    Richard, do you understand that the lake levels were purposefully lowered to raise the levies and place new axillary spillway? This project is nearly accomplished. I too thought about removing sediment and transporting it to the sinking islands in the Delta while the lake was empty. But they did do some amazing work.

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