Posted by: Jan | October 31, 2018

Franks Tract Project moves forward – argh


Please see the notice below from Jamie Bolt, owner of Bethel Harbor on Bethel Island. Jamie has been working with all of the groups with vested interest in Franks Tract and other Delta Islands.

Send your questions or comments via email to: contact@deltaconservancy.ca.gov.

In particular, the State is planning on filling in Franks Tract with dirt, damning False River, and other terrible, unacceptable actions which will impact Bethel Island I’ve written about this project in multiple blogs. Here’s the overview: https://nodeltagates.com/2018/01/10/franks-tract-feasibility-study/

If you go to https://nodeltagates.com/ and “ Search” (right side Search box) for “Frank” you’ll see more blogs with information about this very bad project.

Send your questions or comments via email to: contact@deltaconservancy.ca.gov (I don’t know when the deadline is).

The CA Dept of Fish & Wildlife (CDFW) who is heading up this project).held a big meeting in January at Bethel Island which was attended by marina operators, restaurant owners, business people with a stake in keeping Franks Tract the primary bass fishing area for Northern California and maintaining open boat access to Bethel Island establishments. The unanimous response to the Franks Tract proposal to fill in and dam was “What? That would be a disaster!” More recently the CDFW issued their findings that the Franks Tract project was “feasible.” That means they totally ignored the economic impact and hardship this project would cause to the Community of Bethel Island. Another example of the state prioritizing the desires of the water contractors over real people living in the Delta.

Please send comments and even better, if you can go to the November 13 workshop, please do.
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 | 6:00 – 8:30 pm
Jean Harvie Community Center
14273 River Rd, Walnut Grove, CA 95690
Click here to view map

Alert from Jamie Bolt

Greetings All,

**ALERT**

Please see below the PUBLIC meeting notice for the workshop to discuss the ‘first draft’ of the Central Delta Public Lands Strategy.
Since the first meeting in early August, the name has curiously been changed from the Central Delta Corridor Conservation Strategy to the Central Delta Public Lands Strategy. This name change is not done without express purpose on their part.
This project will serve purpose for the California Water Fix to mitigate thousands of acres of land as required by the state for the twin tunnels project.

If you scroll to the bottom of the below notice you will see the map of delta islands included in their ‘conservation strategy’.
You should note that Franks Tract is specifically included in the Public Lands description and may be extensively filled in as ‘restored marshland’.

You should also note that Bethel Island is surrounded to the east, north, southeast and northwest by the planned project properties.
You should be aware that it was discussed at the last workshop that False River be included in the project and be dammed/dead-ended.

Under the guise of partnering with the public, you will note the workshop wording states they have been “working collaboratively and in coordination with local communities”. They also state the agency supports “the economic well-being of Delta area residents”.

The damming of False River and the filling of Franks Tract are NOT in our best interests. We have not been consulted as a community.
Our delta as we know it is at risk.

I urge you to share this information with others you may know with a stake in these plans. This includes anyone who recreates on Franks Tract.
I urge you to follow the link at the bottom of the page offering more information on the program.
I urge you to stay abreast of this massive project which is at our front door!

Thank you,

Jamie Bolt
Bethel Harbor, Ltd.
925-684-2141

Delta Conservancy Central Delta Corridor Project Announcement

To view the announcement below in your browser click here

From: Delta Conservancy Central Delta Corridor Project [mailto:Linadria@CatalystGroupCA.com]
Sent: Tuesday, October 30, 2018 6:29 AM
To: Jamie Bolt
Subject: Central Delta Corridor Public Workshop — November 13

Central Delta Public Lands Strategy
The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy will host its next public workshop to discuss the first draft of Central Delta Public Lands Strategy (formerly titled: Central Delta Corridor Strategy), which outlines multi-benefit opportunities on publicly-funded* lands from Sherman Island to the Cosumnes Preserve.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 | 6:00 – 8:30 pm
Jean Harvie Community Center
14273 River Rd, Walnut Grove, CA 95690
Click here to view map

The goal of this public workshop is to share the draft strategy document, which outlines a high-level strategy to guide investments on publicly funded lands. This is the ideal place for you to understand the guiding principles, near-and-long-term opportunities, goals and objectives and conservation priorities. Get an update on each phase of the strategy development and the project.

Project partners include the following landowners: The Nature Conservancy (TNC), California Waterfowl Association (CWA), California Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD).

For background information and the latest updates on this project visit the Central Delta Corridor Partnership page at: http://www.deltaconservancy.ca.gov.

Send your questions or comments via email to: contact@deltaconservancy.ca.gov.

Thank you for your interest in the Central Delta Corridor Partnership and the Central Delta Public Lands Strategy.

*Publicly-owned lands include lands owned by state, federal, and regional government agencies and lands purchased with public funds.

About the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy
The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy is a state agency that supports implementation of ecosystem restoration, efforts that advance environmental protection, and the economic well-being of Delta area residents, visit http://deltaconservancy.ca.gov to learn more.

The Delta Conservancy mission: Working collaboratively and in coordination with local communities, the Conservancy will lead efforts to protect, enhance, and restore the Delta’s economy, agriculture and working landscapes, and environment for the benefit of the Delta region, its local communities, and the citizens of California.

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Responses

  1. Maybe you should look at the bigger picture: who is going to pay for all this. Our government agencies never pay for anything; they will stick it to us, as usual. Our property taxes (which have increased to pay for all the new school projects and Sewer improvement for the new masses moving into our area) will also be raised to cover this project. Doesn’t it really boil down to “why does S. Calif take a priority to taking our water for their needs” over our needs to keep the Delta safe?


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