January 4, 2006
Delta Waterways Reopen to Recreational Boating After Round of Winter Storms
SACRAMENTO - DBW today reopened the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta waterways to recreational boating due to reduced water levels and less floating debris, effective 10:30 a.m. The closure was issued on Dec. 31, 2005 , during heavy winter storms and was to expire at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2006 , but monitoring revealed that an extra day was not necessary to protect the levees.
"Water levels throughout the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta system have tapered off enough that boat traffic no longer poses a threat of overtopping levees." said Deputy Director of DBW David Johnson. "While our first concern is public safety, we are aware that access to the waterways is important to the people and communities who rely on it, and we make sure to open the waterways as soon as it is safe to do so."
As levees are still saturated, boaters should monitor the size of their wakes and operate at a safe speed both for the boat and for the levees.
DBW 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.
The Department of Boating and Waterways (DBW), the state's boating agency, promotes on-the-water safety and helps develop convenient public access to the waterways through programs funded by vessel registration fees, boating fuel tax dollars and boating facility construction loan payments.Delta Open Order
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