The Department of Boating and Waterways resumed the spraying of Meadows hyacinth on Monday & Tuesday (7/20 & 7/21). They used an “airboat” to penetrate the deep inlets this time and spent about one hour on the far west end of the Meadows. We are not sure if they sprayed around our boats because of the wind. We’ll be able to determine if spraying occurred around the boats in about a week, when plants start to yellow. Keep your fingers crossed.
Department personnel indicated that they have until November to complete the project this year in the entire Delta.
B B & B Party…..Reminder…Saturday June 20th… See You There!!!!!!!
On Thursday, June 11th, the Meadows Anchorage was sprayed by the Department of Boating & Waterways’ crew. The crew sprayed both sides of the anchorage and around each moored boat/float etc. The product used is “Round-up Custom” and is used for control of aquatic plants. The first indication that it is working will be the yellowing of the hyacinth in about 3 days and browning in 10 days. After that the dead plant will sink & decompose. It is selective and unfortunately does not work to control the underwater “egeria.” The surface algae requires an algaecide, which is not allowed. The spraying crew will be back to check the effectiveness of “Round-up Custom.”
They hope that treatment for the invasive egeria will begin next March. The egeria requires the repeated (weekly) use of pellets over a 12-week period and it is both expensive and labor intensive.
You’re Invited: Saturday, June 20, 2015; Noon to whenever; sign up for bocce and horseshoes at noon. Bring your favorite dish to share.
NOTE–Deadline for T-shirt orders is June 4. Contact Kathi at (831) 750-7998 or email her at Kammka2@yahoo.com.
See you there!
WGM Fire Report
During the first week of May, several (15?) fire investigators will meet again to scour over the hull/remains of “Second Chance” (65′ Fun County). They plan to send certain parts/ appliances (battery chargers, refrigerators, etc.) to a lab. These types of parts may have caused the fire. This will conclude the investigation and hopefully provide conclusive evidence as to cause of the fire. After this meeting the remaining hulls and debris will be trucked to a salvage/recycle facility for disposal.
Jeff Tranum, the owner of WGM, estimates the total loss at about $2.5 Million. He plans on rebuilding slips and sheds. In addition, improved fire protection such as fixed pipes for drafting and improved capability to prevent a fire from mushrooming under roof areas, will be implemented. Half of the boat owners have expressed an interest in returning to WGM to J & H sheds. Two owners (Wet Dreams & Full Gainer) have acquired replacement Fun Country houseboats. Others are still looking for suitable boats.
As a side note from those who have suffered a loss. Documenting all items on your boat is key to successful insurance settlement. An easy way to list items is to take cell phone photos of all items. Then determine the item’s purchase date, initial cost and where you bought the item. An Excel spread sheet is easily used as a working document to update. This suggestion would also apply to your house.
Spring Meadows Report
Several Meadowites’ docks have already been staged in the Meadows Anchorage with boats to follow, including Cloud 9 (4/24) and Obsession (4/25).
The invasive weed reports are mixed, Hyacinth is still present with about 50% brown & 50% green–close to shore in several places. The Dept. of Boating & Waterways plans to spray in the north delta beginning in June and continuing through October. You are still encouraged to complain until issues are resolved. Email at AIS@parks.ca.gov or Call 888-326-2822.
Egeria is present below the surface. Cloud 9 made several passes with a bar dragging the bottom. New green plants are on the bottom. Some trees are down in a couple of spots on the shore & inland. The cottonwoods have started to bloom due to warmer temperatures in the last week. Spring low tides have been LOWER than normal and may require anchoring farther from the shore. Extra lines on board may not be a bad idea.
Remember that Sacramento County requires mooring permits for those boats that anchor out longer than 14 days. You can apply for the maximum 180 days from May 1 through September each year. You can go on line to file a permit request or print a copy to fill out. Go to Sac Co. Sheriff’s Department Marine Enforcement at www.sacsheriff.com>Pages>Central or call 916-875-0493. This is a good time of year to check safety devices, MSD system and life jackets.
Here is the official response to my email. More emails and phone calls are needed.
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/
CA Dept. of Parks & Recreation
Division of Boating & Waterways