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Folsom Dam water releases increased to make way for storm

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The Bureau of Reclamation announced today that it will increase releases from Folsom Dam into the lower American River from 8,000 to 11,000 cubic feet per second beginning at 1 p.m. to help manage increasing runoff due to the pending storm. Updates will be announced as conditions warrant. Flows at 10,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) or higher may result in some low-lying areas of Discovery Park, Campus Commons and segments of the American River Parkway bike trail becoming inundated. People participating in recreation in or along the lower American River, downstream of Nimbus Dam to the confluence of the American and Sacramento Rivers, should take appropriate safety precautions during periods of high river flows, according to officials.