The first day of summer brought a blow to boaters on Folsom Lake in California, who were forced to pull their boats from the marina because of low water levels.
Droughts can do significant harm to the industry, dropping water levels so low in lakes, rivers and streams that boaters can't use them and dealers, boatyards and marinas lose significant business.
One measure of how hard the Western drought has been on boaters and marina owners in the West can be found at Lake Mead in Nevada, where crews recently began the process of moving a marina farther out into the lake.
While the East Coast was digging out from one snowstorm after another this winter, the West Coast was digging in for another year of severe drought.
In a blow to boaters that underscores the growing extent of California’s water squeeze, the level of Diamond Valley Lake is falling so low that it will have to be closed to recreational users on April 15, the Metropolitan Water District announced Tuesday.
As California closes out its eighth month of a drought state of emergency, effects of the water shortage are being felt across the state.
The official deadline for pulling boats from Folsom Lake in California passed Sunday night as levels continued to drop in severe drought conditions.
Boat businesses in Nevada and parts of California are worried that they’ll be shut down by a lingering drought this summer.
The Recreational Boaters of California are concerned that emergency drought barriers being planned for three sloughs in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta will have negative effects on the boating community and economy.
People living in California and Colorado River Basin states such as Arizona and New Mexico are no strangers to drought. Even today, with water levels near historic lows, Internet surfers can still find blogs penned by locals marveling at outsiders’ panicked reaction to what has always been an issue in these parts.
Recent rain and snow in California sparked optimism for dealers gearing up this weekend for the Sacramento Boat Show and Off-Road Exhibition.