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Boating Alerts & Notices: 2006

04/19/2006

Boater Advisory: Delta Waterways Will Reopen as Scheduled


SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Boating and Waterways (DBW) announced that the Sacramento San Joaquin Delta will be open to recreational boating at noon Thursday, April 20 when the closure order in San Joaquin County expires.

“We have determined that conditions in the Delta, particularly in San Joaquin County, are improving enough that it is no longer necessary to keep large areas of the waterways closed,” said David Johnson, deputy director of DBW. “However, that doesn’t exactly mean a return to business as usual because the Delta waterways are still quite full, running swiftly, and carrying some significant debris. We would ask that boaters use good judgment in high-water areas and heed local speed restrictions.”

The Department of Boating and Waterways, the state's boating agency, is authorized to restrict or ban recreational boating in the Sacramento-San Joaquin during periods of high water levels to protect people and property, facilitate flood fighting, and control vessel wakes that may lead to overtopping of levees.



04/17/2006

Contact: June Iljana
(916) 651-5692
e-mail: pubinfo.dbw.ca.gov

April 17, 2006

Boater Advisory: Delta Waterway Closure in San Joaquin County Extended


SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Boating and Waterways (DBW) has issued an order to extend the closure of recreational boating in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta waterways in San Joaquin County ONLY through noon Thursday, April 20.

“The decision to keep the San Joaquin County area of the Delta closed for at least two more days is based on significantly higher than normal high tides and higher than normal flows in the San Joaquin River. Based on consultations with the State Flood Operations Center we don’t yet believe that recreational boat traffic near the levees in San Joaquin County is sound,” said David Johnson, DBW deputy director.

The restricted area includes all waterways in San Joaquin County in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The department’s restriction pertains only to recreational boating. Any non-recreational boating activities are permitted.

The Department of Boating and Waterways, the state's boating agency, is authorized to restrict or ban recreational boating in the Sacramento-San Joaquin during periods of high water levels to protect people and property, facilitate flood fighting, and control vessel wakes that may lead to overtopping of levees.

Delta Closure Order
Map of Delta Counties



04/14/2006

Boater Advisory: Delta Waterways Closed in Two Counties to Recreational Boating Extended


SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Boating and Waterways (DBW) has issued an order to close San Joaquin County and Contra Costa County waterways in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to recreational boating through noon Friday, April 14.

“Our primary concern is that water levels are high enough that boat wakes can overtop and cause damage to the levees,” said David Johnson, DBW deputy director. “In addition, there is high risk to boaters because of large floating debris and fast water flows.”

Water levels throughout the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta system are expected to continue to rise through the week.

The Department of Boating and Waterways, the state's boating agency, is authorized to restrict or ban recreational boating in the Sacramento-San Joaquin during periods of high water levels to protect people and property, facilitate flood fighting, and control vessel wakes that may lead to overtopping of levees.

Delta Closure Order
Map of Delta Counties



04/11/2006

Boater Advisory: Delta Waterways Closed in Two Counties to Recreational Boating


SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Boating and Waterways (DBW) has issued an order to close San Joaquin County and Contra Costa County waterways in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to recreational boating through noon Friday, April 14.

“Our primary concern is that water levels are high enough that boat wakes can overtop and cause damage to the levees,” said David Johnson, DBW deputy director. “In addition, there is high risk to boaters because of large floating debris and fast water flows.”

Water levels throughout the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta system are expected to continue to rise through the week.

The Department of Boating and Waterways, the state's boating agency, is authorized to restrict or ban recreational boating in the Sacramento-San Joaquin during periods of high water levels to protect people and property, facilitate flood fighting, and control vessel wakes that may lead to overtopping of levees.

Delta Closure Order
Map of Delta Counties



01/03/2006

Contact: June Iljana
(916) 651-5692
e-mail: pubinfo.dbw.ca.gov

January 3, 2006

Boater Advisory: Delta Waterway Recreational Boating Closure Extended


SACRAMENTO - Due to continued high water levels, substantial floating debris, and swift river flows, DBW has extended closure of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta waterways to recreational boating through noon Thurs., Jan. 5, 2006.

Water levels throughout the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta system are still very high due to runoff and high tide, so levees continue to be threatened.

"Recreational boat traffic continues to pose a risk of wakes overtopping the levees," said DBW Deputy Director David Johnson. "A large amount of floating debris and swift flows also pose a serious risk to boaters."

The closure order will be updated as warranted.

The Department of Boating and Waterways (DBW), the state's boating agency, is authorized to restrict or ban recreational boating in the Sacramento-San Joaquin during periods of high water levels to protect people and property, facilitate flood fighting, and control vessel wakes that may lead to overtopping of levees.