Decade-long building project makes Folsom Dam safer; CDCR honored for its role

Decade-long building project makes Folsom Dam safer; CDCR honored for its role

Hundreds of thousands of people in Sacramento are safer now thanks to a massive new flood-control structure at Folsom Dam – and CDCR helped make it happen. The new auxiliary spillway allows for the earlier release of water from Folsom Lake if the reservoir is rising too high. The gates in the spillway are about 50 feet lower than the gates on Folsom Dam. While CDCR did not move dirt or pour concrete for the spillway, we did provide nearby land for a much-needed staging area. For five years, the federal agencies leading the spillway project, and the contractors doing the physical work, used land on the south side of Folsom State Prison for their offices and vehicles.

CDCR staff honored for bravery and service above the normal call of duty

CDCR staff honored for bravery and service above the normal call of duty

The crowd at the 2017 Medal of Valor Ceremony was filled with family members beaming with pride as their loved ones approached the stage to accept their medals. Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., was in attendance to help kick off the annual ceremony at Creekside Christian Church in Elk Grove. “These individuals have demonstrated valor and courage in the face of real danger,” said Brown. “The Medal of Valor we give today is given to people who in the face of danger for their own lives met the test and did what they had to do. They let duty prevail over fear.”