Response from DBW

Here is the official response to my email.  More emails and phone calls are needed.

David

Thank you for contacting the CA State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways. DBW is aware of the past and potential conditions of aquatic weeds in the Delta Meadows and Snodgrass Slough.

With our current regulatory restrictions, herbicide treatments for floating aquatic vegetation (i.e. water hyacinth and spongeplant) in the Meadows and Snodgrass Slough cannot begin until June 1.

For submerged plants (i.e. Egeria densa and curly leaf pondweed), the Meadows has not been included for the 2015 treatment sites. We will, however, continue to survey the aforementioned waterways for aquatic weeds in order to plan for future control efforts.

For the Public Notices, visit the following links:

For more information, please visit http://dbw.parks.ca.gov/

Regards,

Angela Llaban

Environmental Scientist

CA Dept. of Parks & Recreation

Division of Boating & Waterways

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Open Letter to Division of Boating and Waterways

Dear Sir or Madam,

I write today to urge you to include the Snodgrass and Meadows Sloughs in your planned egeria and hyacinth eradication efforts.  We anchor in the Meadows Slough from May until October.  Last year, the hyacinth bloom nearly marooned our houseboat.  At one point, it became impossible to even get to the Twin Cities bridge.

If it is a part of the  Department of Boating & Waterway’s mission to ensure that our waterways remain navigable for recreation, which it should be, then it is imperative that treatment efforts include the Snodgrass, Meadows and Lost Sloughs .  While not used for commercial purposes, these sloughs are very important to recreation and monies collected through our recreational boat registrations are specifically dedicated to fight invasive species.  Your treatment program must give equal consideration to high-use recreation areas of the Delta.  The Snodgrass, Meadows and Lost Sloughs should be at the top of your list for early treatment.

Thank you for your consideration.  If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

David A. Frenznick
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A Call to Action

A year ago today, March 1, 2014 the “Friends of the Meadows” began writing and calling the Department of Boating & Waterways (Calif. State Parks). Those e-mails and calls went unanswered. The subject of those efforts revolved around the egeria and hyacinth treatment in the Meadows Anchorage. Both of these invasive species are negatively impacting recreational boating, marina owners, fishing and general safety. Three emails and three phone calls during our use were ignored.

As it turned out, we were not alone in those efforts. Throughout the entire Delta these weeds are negatively impacting others.  As you may know, dedicated monies to fight invasive species are  collected through our DMV boat registrations.  On October 14, 2014 KCRA News was contacted regarding the huge flows of water hyacinth blocking Walnut Grove Marina and the Meadows Slough and the Sacramento Bee published a story.  It now appears that there is a response to those concerns. The South Delta, including the Port of Stockton and other commercial interests, have pushed State Parks into action.

In 1982, the DBW was designated as the lead agency in controlling hyacinth.  A couple of years ago, DBW was placed under Cal State Parks.  We objected to placing the DBW under  state parks as we had enjoyed a good working relationship with DBW management and staff.  In years past we had worked together on removal of abandoned boats and invasive weed treatment.  As recently as 2012, hyacinth was being controlled and egeria was being treated with some success.

Starting Wednesday, March 4, 2015 and continuing through the end of November, DBW will be treating the weeds.  We need to email (AIS@parks.ca.gov) and/or call 888-326-2822 to get them to place the Meadows Anchorage on the list for early treatment in the Meadows/Snodgrass Slough.  Under the “squeaky wheel”  concept, we are once again asking everyone to take the time to express your concerns.

If you need something to motivate you, just remember what our sloughs looked like last September.

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Last Moments of the Full Gainer and Others

0179941a54dd17ad9ce8a03341b49096990fd6c9d9I’ve never uploaded a video to this blog, so I hope it works.  If you click on it, it should play.

It was pretty difficult to stand up on the levee and watch our beautiful boat go up in flames.  We waited until we saw what was left of her sink.  Absolutely devastating.  There are no words to describe the sense of loss we are feeling.  Our hearts go out to everyone affected by this tragedy.

David and Carla

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14 Boats Destroyed by Fire

Thanks to Bill Cullen for this Initial WGM Fire Report:

Around midnight last night (1/25/2015) a major fire occurred at Walnut Grove Marina. The fire involved boats in J & H covered sheds at the east end of the marina. Some 14 boats were totally destroyed. A couple of boats were able to get out of the slips during the fire. The point of the fire’s origin and cause has yet to be determined. There were no injuries reported.

Two boats were totally destroyed. Those two houseboats are “Full Gainer” – Owned by Carla & Dave Frenznick and “Mahina Kahawai” – Owned by Gloria & Terry Rosario. “It’s A Hoot” owned by Shelly and Tony Delao was saved. I mention them as they
are all on The Friends Of The Meadows Web Site.

KCRA (Ch. 3) had video of the fire. Sacramento TV Channels 10 & 13 had coverage, but not as extensive.

Our thoughts are with all those impacted by the fire.

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Our Website: The Year in Review

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,400 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 23 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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WaterWeld: Rick West Reviews

WaterWeld v. 3M 5200
By Rick West

Manufacturer: J-B Weld

Water Weld is epoxy putty that comes as a soft cartridge in a cylinder container. It can be used underwater or on a wet surface. When prepared and applied it will set up in 15-25 minutes and is hard at around 60 minutes depending how much air can get to the surface.Articles-Images13 - Copy

The cartridge is 1” in diameter and 3-1/2 inches long. I used wet fingers and a razor knife blade to cut off a piece to apply it to a leaking PVC ½” pipe leading out of a water tank under the boat.

Access was limited under the pontoon frame to main fingers while floating with a vest. The surface connection that I could get reach was roughed up with sandpaper. There is a thin membrane covering the cartridge, a small whitish ring of material and a larger gray material in the center. This is kneaded with wet fingers to prevent sticking for about three minutes until it turns into a solid color.  I then rolled it onto a wet paper plate and formed it into a bead that would surround the pipe against the tank.  This bead was then collared around the pipe and pressed evenly to build a seal around the connecting surface and splayed out about ¾” on both the tank and the pipe. This was worked until I felt there were no voids under the putty.

The leak had been dripping heavily with about three drops per second and had emptied about 80 gallons while we were gone for a week. The leak immediately fell to one drop in 20 seconds. This was checked three hours later and the drop rate stayed the same. The putty was like a rock.

Articles-Images06 - Copy20 gallons was pumped through filters from the river into the tank. The rate did not change; so we had use in the house system. The following morning the rate was still the same with a slight wet spot on the putty near the lower part of the connection. That afternoon another very small bead was placed over this wet area and the dripping stopped immediately.

At last, no more messy 5200 caulking with multiple re-skinning over a long period of time; yeah!  The product is carried by Home depot and Lowes in the sealant sections—about $5. A tube of 5200 tube will set you back about $17 with tax.

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