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Folsom Dam and Lake Webcam, Sacramento

USA, California, Folsom Dam

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Folsom Dam is a concrete gravity dam on the American River in Northern California, about 25 miles northeast of Sacramento. Folsom Dam is 340 feet (100 m) high concrete and 1,400 feet (430 m), long flanked by earthen wing dams. It was completed in 1955.

The dam, at the juncture of the north and south forks of the American River, was built by the United States Army Corps of Engineers, and upon its completion, was transferred to the United States Bureau of Reclamation. The dam and lake are part of the Central Valley Project, a multipurpose project that provides flood control, hydroelectricity, drinking water and water for irrigation. Upgrades to provide increased flood protection for Sacramento are scheduled to be completed in 2015.

The current Folsom Dam, built in 1955, replaced an earlier, smaller dam that had been completed in 1893 by Horatio Gates Livermore. The earlier dam had fed the Folsom Powerhouse, generating electricity that was transmitted to Sacramento over a 22 miles (35 km)-long distribution line, the longest electrical distribution system in the world at the time. The remains of the earlier dam can be seen downstream from the Folsom Lake Crossing.

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