The City of Folsom is proposing a River District Master Plan that includes development of the Lake Natoma shoreline and bluffs. Proposals that have been suggested thus far include an amphitheater on the bluffs, a boathouse, several more parking lots, water taxis, more fishing opportunities, etc.
Folsom's business and economic strategy is to monetize a California State Park; a regional, state and national treasure belonging to the region’s citizens and their heirs. The Lake Natoma shoreline is owned by the Bureau of Reclamation and managed and operated by state parks. The Folsom Lake State Recreation Area, of which Lake Natoma is a part, has always been preserved and protected as an extension of the American River Parkway. Lake Natoma and her lands are governed by the American River Parkway Plan and the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area Plan. These multi-million dollar master plans represent many years of public input and a consensus vision.
We are advising citizens who are concerned about Folsom's Economic and Business Development's proposed plans to develop Lake Natoma to immediately contact the following with their objections:
Drew Lessard, Area Manager
Central California Area Office
Bureau of Reclamation
Dr. Ami Bera
U.S. House of Representatives
Folsom Sector Superintendent
Gold Fields District
The Bureau of Reclamation must discharge their commitment, as the landowner of Lake Natoma, to protect its natural resources. They are a signatory to the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area and Folsom Powerhouse State Historic Park General Plan/Resources Management Plan (GP/RMP). They have an executed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with California State Parks to manage and operate our region's premiere state park serving the recreational needs of people and protecting the plants and animals that call these wildlands home. Folsom's businessmen and developers cannot simply co-opt public lands but, instead, must work with California State Parks to support and promote the implementation of the GP/RMP and the updated American River Parkway Plan.