Folsom CA adds new housing despite drought, climate change
On the surface, the city of Folsom would seem to be water rich. Perched at the foot of Folsom Lake, where snowmelt funnels into the Sacramento Valley, the city taps into large intake pipes plumbed deep into Folsom Dam’s inner face to send cool water to nearby homes and businesses. That easy access is turning into a mirage. After two dry winters, the reservoir has shriveled to its second-lowest level for July in nearly 50 years. It’s lower than it was in July 2014 and July 2015, when the last drought was raging, California ordered mandatory water cutbacks, and Folsom residents had to swallow a 32% reduction in usage.