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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.

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