From the Sacramento BEE – Despite recent storms, Folsom Lake isn’t even two thirds full, and California remains mired in a multi-year drought that’s left its biggest reservoirs even emptier. Nonetheless, starting early Tuesday the federal managers of Folsom Dam began letting out a substantial amount of water into the American River through Sacramento, prompting warnings from local authorities to be mindful of rapidly rising, swift-moving water. The dam’s operators say there’s a good reason they’re keeping space in the lake instead of letting it fill with water for the hot and dry months to come. (more)