Fire Marshall Bill Reports

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.

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Cat’s Meow Provides Report re Current Conditions 

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.

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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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