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June 9, 2011

Sacramento rivers too cold and fast for fun

Folsom Dam released more water into the American River this week.  Park officials are advising people to avoid recreational activities on the American River because of the cold, fast water.

By Renee C. Byer, Sacramento Bee

With sunshine and temperatures in the 80s forecast for this weekend, the Sacramento region’s rivers and waterways beckon.  But public safety officials recommend steering clear of the water, particularly the rivers, for at least one more week.

The flow in the Sacramento River at Freeport on Wednesday was 46,000 cubic feet per second, about 2 1/2 times the historical average of 18,000 cfs for the date, said Maury Roos, chief hydrologist with the California Department of Water Resources.

“We’ve posted signs at launch points warning of cold water and high flows,” said Randy Lewis, park ranger supervisor for Sacramento County Regional Parks.

Parks officials issued an advisory Tuesday urging people to avoid recreational activities on the lower American River after the Bureau of Reclamation increased releases from Folsom Dam to 9,000 cubic feet per second. The bureau said flows are likely to increase to 15,000 cfs in coming days.

Read more: http://www.sacbee.com/2011/06/09/3687639/sacramento-rivers-too-cold-fast.html#ixzz1OnMZ0emR

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