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Contact: June Iljana
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e-mail: pubinfo.dbw.ca.gov

Effective 1 p.m. PST December 31, 2005

Boater Advisory: Delta Waterways Closed to Recreational Boating

SACRAMENTO -- DBW has issued an order to close the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta waterways to recreational boating effective immediately through 12 noon, Tuesday, January 3, 2006.

“Our primary concern is that water levels are high enough that boat traffic on the Delta waterways could cause water to flow over the levees, potentially causing damage to the levees,” said David Johnson, DBW deputy director. “ High water levels also pose substantial risk to boaters due to very swift flows and large floating debris.”

Water levels throughout the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta system are expected to stay at a high level for the next four days, as runoff from rain locally and at higher elevations converge with high tide. The closure order, which will be updated as warranted, can be enforced by all State and local peace officers.

The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta includes those waterways in a triangle area formed by the City of Sacramento to the north, the City of Pittsburg to the west, and the City of Tracy to the south.

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.