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Re: No little baja for awhile

PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2016 2:05 pm
by le noun
Yoda wrote:
friggin old guy wrote:seems like a poor choice of location at our expense, but maybe I'm just poorly informed about the benefits to the general good created by it.

Here's why this area was chosen:

DWR Response: Development of new fish releases sites is a requirement of the 2009 National Marine Fisheries Service Biological Opinion for operation of the State Water Project and Federal Central Valley Project. In a 2010 Release Site Predation Study, DWR in collaboration with CDFW and the U.S Bureau of Reclamation, evaluated the predation impacts at existing fish salvage release sites in the Delta. Using the results of this study, a series of site criteria including distance from existing release sites, water depth, water flow, levee conditions, habitat, fish life history, and distance from federal and state fish salvage facilities, specific site design criteria were established to determine the suitable locations for new fish release sites. In addition to these site criteria, consideration was given to transportation and traffic, existing state or federally owned property parcels, and safety of operation. In consultation with the state and federal fisheries agencies, the Little Baja and Manzo Ranch locations were determined to be the most suitable locations for construction of new fish release sites.

They are obviously not aware that Erin Loscoco has been fishing there for salmon with his foil...

Re: No little baja for awhile

PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2016 5:18 pm
by Yoda
DWR Response: The current use of the levee by windsurfers and kiteboarders as launch sites constitutes an unauthorized encroachment on a flood control project levee. Any future modifications for use of the launch sites will require authorization from RD 341, the issuance of an encroachment permit from the CVFPB and concurrent approval from the USACE.

I really hope RVWA-SIKO's Sandbaggin' and Launch Site Repair event has been suspended until they can get authorized to do it. It would be nice to have some "soft spots" along the levee shore. Any word on this?
http://rvwa-siko.com/news/

Re: No little baja for awhile

PostPosted: Sat May 21, 2016 2:32 pm
by Gorgegezzer
The contractors and the authorities do not want writers for windsurfers to exit in the construction zone. There is a ramp just Upstream of the giant log. Riders must exit here or go all the way upper river to the sign the contractors are worried about liabilities and landing in the construction zone is not acceptable

Re: No little baja for awhile

PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2016 11:37 am
by Xor
Gorgegezzer wrote:The contractors and the authorities do not want writers for windsurfers to exit in the construction zone. There is a ramp just Upstream of the giant log. Riders must exit here or go all the way upper river to the sign the contractors are worried about liabilities and landing in the construction zone is not acceptable

I clearly understand them, on the other hand if someone would try to exit on rocks because last chance little baja is closed without providing reasonable alternative and injures or die I doubt that blindly citing "constitutes an unauthorized encroachment" would help.

Re: No little baja for awhile

PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2016 2:10 pm
by Yoda
Xor wrote:if someone would try to exit on rocks because last chance little baja is closed without providing reasonable alternative

Kiters and windsurfers will NOT be prevented from accessing the levee from the water side if they need to evacuate. However wherever they exit on the levee is completely on them and they are fully responsible for whatever happens including injury or death.

No one is responsible to provide a "reasonable alternative" exit because Little Baja was deemed as an "unauthorized encroachment" by the DWR and the USACE. Unfortunately LB did not have the appropriate permitting to be utilized and modified in the way that it was. That's why the RVWA-SIKO are negotiating with the State to secure a better (permitted) LB after the construction is finished. Let's just hope this new LB idea isn't "killed off" by their unauthorized Sandbaggin' event this weekend. (note that they may have secured permits, but I can't confirm).