Notice to those who love the Delta:
Over the last 12 years, the Department of Water Resources (DWR),
along with the Governor and some Federal agencies have been quietly conducting
studies and planning for a MAJOR revision to the Delta.
However, it appears the true goal is to have
more fresh water taken from the
Delta to support new land developments in the North Bay and
Southern California counties. If implemented, the historic
fresh water Delta of Northern California may become a new salt water "estuary".
information, here's a few links:
"California Delta 101" which is a
general information video
If you don't have the time to read the mountains of documents,
look at a Summary,
Timeline and a
Example of a Delta Resort Video
The California Delta Region is an AWESOME place to
visit and explore! It is located between Sacramento and San
Francisco in Northern California.
There are over 1000 miles of waterways to
zip around, over 100 unique restaurants to boat to, and fun little resorts
to visit. Here is a
video about the Delta, Below are maps showing the
northern half of the Delta, and the southern half of the Delta.
This of Highway 12 between Lodi and Rio Vista as splitting the
Delta north and south. The largest town in the northern half
is Sacramento, and the southern half has Lodi, Stockton and
Antioch on the outskirts of the area.
on maps to see full size)
Northern half of the Delta
Southern half of the Delta
the information provided in this website will help you understand
just how unique this region of California really is!
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Walnut Grove bridge opening
RV camping at Snug Harbor
The California Delta Region
has been in the news quite a bit the past year. Before
that, most people did not even know where the California Delta
was located! it has also been referred to as the
Sacramento Delta, the San Joaquin River Delta, the
Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and other variations of the same.
Its in California and its one of only seven large deltas in the
world...so logically its called the "California Delta!"
Now anyone who reads the newspapers or online news services
realizes most of California's drinking water flows through these
waterways. They also realize that many of the towns,
INCLUDING our state capitol of Sacramento, could suffer the same
fate as New Orleans did in 2005, if we got enough rain to breech
or crumble the levee system here.
But all those news articles tend to
ignore the fact that the California Delta Region also has many
quaint marinas and resorts offering a wide array of boating,
water sports, fishing and relaxing opportunities. This
website focuses of the fun things about the Delta. Please
use the links provided to find out more about our special region
Link to Delta Chambers and Visitors office:
Link to great place to camp or stay in a
nice rental cabin:
Click here to see what happens to people who don't slow down when
they are navigating sloughs in speedboats!
paragraph provided by a Delta landowner)
If you would like more information about the plans to revise the
Delta, you will find verbiage that says the co-equal goal is
"restoration" of the Delta. However, from the plans and maps
it appears the goal is to REVISE the Delta. The Bay Delta
Conservation Plan ( BDCP) does not propose restoring the Delta to
what it was when it first started being populated by non-native
Californians in the 1840's. That type of restoration would
mean NO fresh water would be siphoned out of the Delta and of
course the water agencies like Metropolitan Water District (Los
Angeles area), Westlands Water District (West side of the Central
Valley), Northbay Aqueduct (NorCal bay area cities), and other
water agencies would not be willing to give up their fresh water
source to truly restore the Delta. So they plan to REVISE
the Delta and "restore" the San Joaquin River by taking the fresh
water out of the Sacramento River instead. The governor's
Delta Vision committee, the UC Berkeley "Reinvisioning the Delta",
and other studies and papers coming our simply regurgitate plans
made years ago without adequate input by the persons MOST affected
by the new plans...the Delta citizens! Surely this whole
process, whether completed or not, will go into the law books as
an example of effective eminent domain without just compensation.
In bits and pieces over the last 10 years, there have been studies
and EIR/EIS processes all related to the Delta, getting ready to
turn some islands into "In Delta Storage" or IDS, some islands
into managed habitat areas, and some levees revised to widen water
conveyance capability, other levees revised to mitigate for the
damage to wildlife from other Delta measures. If those
farmers willingly sold their farm land, without being harassed out
of business, that that is their right. But given the tactics
of the state government over the last 5 years, time will tell the
truth. Go to ca.gov or us.gov and type in Delta-related
words and you might be surprised or overwhelmed by what comes up.
Use words like IDS or in Delta storage, barrier gates, 2 temporary
gates, east canal, Yolo Bypass, Cache Slough complex, channel
margin restoration, McCormack tract, Statten Island, Webb Tract,
DCC for Delta Cross Channel, Salmon, invasive species,
contaminants, Delta smelt. Or you can go to
for many of the documents by year and a historical summary.