Sacramento San Joaquin Delta maps-general
mishmash of Sacramento San Joaquin Delta planning maps
For a huge page full of the more recent planning map links, go to
our EVEN MORE
Planning Maps page which
actually only has about 1/2 the maps as it has not been updated with
the newer research maps. Or to search by years, below and on the following pages you can
click on the thumbnails to
see enlarged versions of the maps representing the Sacramento San
Joaquin from the 1840's to the most current planning maps we could
upload here. We've gathered literally over 1000 map copies and
uploaded as many as possible, so others will be able to quickly
understand what the Delta is now. Maps are
"pictures" that quickly tell a story of the evolution of the Delta. Most
Delta lands are still PRIVATE PROPERTY. The state sold
the land to farmers and families to use for farming, residents, and
commercial endeavors. Now the State and Federal agencies want
the land back ... You see, many of the smaller farms of the
Delta ( 10 acres to 2000 acres) have been in the same family for five generations.
People do not want to sell their family heritage, family memories,
family means of income.
Maps tell a story:
The map series from 2003-2009, found in various
planning documents produced by USBR, DWR, and other state/federal
agencies portrays a plan to use barrier
gates to stop fresh water from escaping from the "central canal"
area, and to keep fish from the western part of the San Joaquin from
being sucked into the central canal and therefore at risk for
suction into the water pumps. The
barrier gates would serve two important functions: keep fresh
water in, keep fish out. Planning maps show 2, 4 and more
gates. The other use for gates:
divert fresh water into Delta water storage islands, which has been
proposed since 1998 or earlier for specific privately-owned Delta
islands like Webb Track and Bacon, and for Nature Conservancy owned,
public money purchased Staten Island
Maps are a quick way to summarize a
study, IF the map is intended to be an accurate representation.
Big IF since 2004:
The map below seems to give a good
indication of the focus areas for "restoration" over time.
Note that the word restoration has been redefined to include
changing ecosystems from fresh water to brackish water to mitigate
other fresh water areas that will be destroyed by the New Delta
Plan. BDCP has near term and long term restoration plans.
Long term would most likely include management of the entire Delta,
with the Delta split north to south by the central conveyance canal.
Southwest of the central canal, below Ryer Island area would more
likely end up with more salty or brackish water. There might
also be east side restoration of lands already owned by the
governing agencies, and this area would be all fresh water.
Go to More Restoration
Maps and history:
The governor and his backers are
quite adamant that in
the near term, they want to develop the "central canal" and in the
long term develop the east side canal. The central canal
would be possible in the near term (2010 to 2015) by enlarging some of the existing
waterways, like the Mulokolmne River, and diverting water from the
Sacramento River. They are already building water intake areas
off the Sacramento River, if one takes a ride along 160 to see the
building locations currently behind fences. Looking back to
studies and documents from 1998 to 2006, it appears the government
set the stage for building the Central Canal using several "building
blocks", and they already went through the EIR/EIS process for much
of it. The water intake at Hood, 4 gates projects in the South
Delta are examples of building blocks already approved and in
implementation process. In the meantime, northern California
Bay Area water districts have also been planning and building new or
improved water intake facilities, each time planning to take
additional water from the SACRAMENTO River. The increase in
water resources will allow for future building in Northern
California as well.
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