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FOLFAN (Friends of Lakes Folsom and Natoma) is a State Park Cooperating Association for the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area. Its mission is: "Enhancing education and recreation opportunities for the public and protecting the wonders and resources of Lakes Folsom and Natoma"
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Nimbus Fish Hatchery & Visitor Center

Nimbus and Folsom Dams prevent salmon and steelhead from reaching most of their historic spawning areas. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, which owns the dams, built and funds the Nimbus Fish Hatchery to maintain the populations of American River salmon and steelhead. The Nimbus Fish Hatchery offers a visitor center, fish hatchery tours, and viewing of the Fall-run salmon working their way up the fish ladder.
Visitor’s Guide to the Nimbus Fish Hatchery

Water Storage in California

Water storage capacity is an important issue for California’s water resources and water distribution system. How much capacity do we have? How much do we need? Do we need more capacity and, if so, how do we get it? Read this article by Jay R. Lund, Chair of Environmental Engineering at U.C. Davis.

Salmon Falls Ranch Trail Project

The American River Conservancy recently acquired 757 acres of land for the Salmon Falls Ranch Project at the western terminus of the South Fork American River Trail system. The next phase of the project includes developing a 1 mile trail and trailhead facility located off of Salmon Falls Road. The project will include public use facilities for hiking, mountain bicycling and equestrians, as well as day-use recreation associated with trails and wildlife viewing. The project links existing trails that are a part of the South Fork American River Trail (SFART) managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), California Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) and the American River Conservancy (ARC). For more information about this project, please contact Elena DeLacy with the American River Conservancy at (530) 621-1224 or

Water—Who uses how much?

This article by Jeffrey Mount does an excellent job of separating the facts from the factoids (near-facts artfully spun) regarding who uses how much of our water.

Deer Creek Hills Preserve

With more than 4,000 acres of rolling grasslands, oak woodlands and seasonal creeks, the Deer Creek Hills Preserve (just a few miles South of Folsom) is Sacramento's largest open space preserve. The land is jointly owned by the Sacramento Valley Conservancy (which manages the preserve), the County of Sacramento, and the State of California Department of Parks and Recreation. In addition, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFG) provided the largest share of the funding for the preserve's acquisition.
Deer Creek Hills Preserve brochure

Saving California’s salmon during a severe drought
By Peter Moyle

California is in one of the most severe droughts in recent years. This means water agencies are under great pressure to sacrifice river flows meant to sustain fish and wildlife for increased water delivery to farms and cities. Here are some questions decision-makers should consider in the tradeoff.  more