Many thanks to Bill Cullen and Rick West for the following report:
The 2016 Season is upon us. As the weather turns to warm and sunny days, “Meadowites” begin the process of taking their floats and stuff out of winter storage. This last week a few floats have been taken out to the “Meadows” and “Lost Slough.”
Cloud 9 plans on being settled into summer anchorage on April 25, Obsession by May 1st. & Cat’s Meow by May 9th.
GENERAL CONDITIONS – HYACINTH & EGERIA
While much of the “water hyacinth” has died out, the “egeria” is still below the water surface. Ranger Rick & Russ Hollett report that the State (DBW) has begun mechanical harvesting of the water hyacinth in Railroad, Locke and the Meadows sloughs. The hyacinth is first cut by a special machine then moved to shore where it placed on the bank to dry and decompose. This is a major operation, involving two harvesters, boats and spreader. See photos below.
At the same time, spraying and harvesting began a few weeks ago in the Stockton and Brannan Loop areas. This start time is earlier than in years past in recognition of the overall magnitude of the problem.
Every family that stays (anchors) for more than 14 consecutive days in the Sacramento County Delta requires a “Mooring Permit.” The permits can be filled out On-Line or a Hard Copy can be printed out and sent to: the Sacramento Co. Sheriff’s Marine Patrol. (Non-Emergency Phone Number is 916-875-0493).
In the Meadows (Snodgrass Slough) you can request a mooring permit for 180 day maximum starting May 1st. Your boat is subject to an actual inspection each year.
- Verification of CF & Registration Information
- Check of MSD Sanitation System
- Check Fire Extinguishers
- Check Life Jackets
- Check Throw Ring
Other considerations Include: First Aid Kit,Flashing Lights, Bilge Pump Operation, Smoke/CO Detectors (Battery Check). If, you use a Fire Pit, Bar-B-Q etc. have a shovel & water bucket ready for emergencies.
BTW “Layed Back” (56′ Fun Country) sank in the WGM this past winter as a result of rear seal leaks and a non functioning bilge pump. Say no more.
Have fun and enjoy a safe season on the water!!!!