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Government prepares to increase water release from Folsom Reservoir into American River
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The Bureau of Reclamation is preparing to release more water from Folsom Reservoir into the lower American River on Tuesday.

In a press release published by the bureau, the water release will be increased from 1,750 cubic feet per second to 3,500 cubic feet per second, and will continue until further notice.

The release was necessary to maintain the required space in the reservoir during the rain and snowmelt season. 

Folsom Reservoir's storage is more than 130 percent of the 15-year- average for early February, according to the bureau. Should inflows into the reservoir continue at their current pace, additional increases in releases my be required.

The bureau said that people living in or along the lower American River, in the areas downstream of Folsom Dam to the confluence of the American and Sacramento Rivers, should expect river levels to increase, and should take appropriate safety precautions.

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