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Old    boardline23            08-04-2004, 7:03 PM Reply   
What, where, is the delta? why is it called the delta?
Old    rypayne            08-04-2004, 8:24 PM Reply   
Delta-the flat alluvial area at the mouth of some rivers where the mainstream splits up into several distributaries.

so there you go,ha
Old    norcal_99            08-04-2004, 8:41 PM Reply   
www.sacdelta.com
Old    steve_chavez            08-04-2004, 11:29 PM Reply   
delta is a series of narrow channels that feed from the rivers to bay's ect. usualy providing the water for crops. delta runs all over nor cal, i'v grown up riding out there u can't beat the water conditions out there, but it can suck on weekends when its crowded
Old    Rod McInnis (rodmcinnis)      Join Date: Sep 2002       08-05-2004, 1:04 PM Reply   
When a river runs down out of a mountain, and hits a low, flat area just before reaching the ocean, it causes the water to back up and fan out into many small "sloughs".

In the case of the California Delta, there are many rivers that come out of the Sierra Mountains. The largest rivers are the Sacramento River (flowing out of the dam at Shasta Lake), the San Joaquin (flows through Stockton) and the Mokelumne River. They, along with a dozen smaller rivers, all converge in the "central valley" before flowing out to the San Francisco Bay.

All of this water is essentially at sea level. Stockton is considered a deep water port, and large ships routinely follow the channel from the ocean, through the bay and on up to Stockton.

Back in 1850, using cheap Chinese labor, they built a series of levees that restricted the water to the major sloughs and claimed the land for farming. Back before 18 wheel trucks and freeways this was very valuable land: water for irrigation (it doesn't rain enough in California to grow crops without irrigation) and easy transportation (crops were loaded onto barges and floated down to San Francisco).

In the last 50 years the advancement of paved roads and efficient trucks have eliminated the barges as transportation. As a result, some of the tracts of land have lost their "premium" value, especially the tracts that don't have bridges linking them (ferries are still required to reach some of the islands).

Occasionally a levee breaks, and a tract of land gets flooded. "Jones Tract" flooded just last June. This tract has good land access and was still valuable so it was repaired and is in the process of being pumped out. Other tracts, such as "Mildred" or "Frank's Tract" had no bridge, and was deemed not worth reclaiming when their levee's broke. These areas are now large "lake" areas within the delta.

Rod
Old    CAwakesk8r (hatepwcs)      Join Date: Mar 2002       08-05-2004, 3:05 PM Reply   
Its home to lots of these.


Old    CAwakesk8r (hatepwcs)      Join Date: Mar 2002       08-05-2004, 3:06 PM Reply   
Yes, fishing women are all over the Delta beware!
Old    Shawn Wilson (wakestar8878)      Join Date: Oct 2003       08-05-2004, 3:18 PM Reply   
Neelley - What the hell is that thing?
Old    Joe Umali (dakid)      Join Date: Feb 2001       08-05-2004, 3:25 PM Reply   
sturgeon...known to grow in excess of 15' in length.
Old    Mike H (seaswirlmike)      Join Date: Nov 2003       08-05-2004, 8:08 PM Reply   
tooo bad it makes for such a bad place to ride. horrible water conditions super crowded, always windy........................ ;)
Old    Leo Lasecki (malibuboarder75)      Join Date: Jan 2004       08-05-2004, 8:26 PM Reply   
yea, delta is just popular bc everyone wakeboards there. i have never heard anything good about the places...its always 'water conditions suck' 'to much crap in the water' 'water to low' 'water too cold' ' to many boats and fishermen to swamp'.
Old    chavezychavez            08-05-2004, 10:33 PM Reply   
Leo, Mike was being sarcastic.
Old    jetgofish            08-05-2004, 10:36 PM Reply   
Rene - I had a bad bad day and your post seriously made me laugh!

Walt - I've been a little MIA, how are you?

As far as the Delta it's not a friendly place!
Old    walt            08-06-2004, 5:55 AM Reply   
Hi Teri, Drop Me a line...Got to go get the boat and I'm late

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