Opinion: How an invisible water source will help Sacramento get through the upcoming drought (6/15/21)

BY JIM PEIFER SPECIAL TO THE SACRAMENTO BEE

JUNE 15, 2021 08:00 AM

One look at Folsom Lake, the Sacramento region’s primary surface water storage reservoir, says all we need to know about California’s current water situation: We’re in another drought.

Like reservoirs throughout the state, Folsom is shockingly low and won’t be refilled by snowmelt from the Sierra Nevada. Low reservoir levels are a big concern for the Lower American River, a critical habitat for salmon and steelhead.

Local water managers are working closely through the Water Forum, a coalition of water providers, environmentalists, business groups and local governments, to monitor and address the river’s conditions with our federal and state partners. Many will request voluntary conservation, as we all play a role in helping preserve as much water as possible.

One important action water providers will take this year to help the river is relying more on our other major water reservoir which we cannot readily see: groundwater.