State Water Resources Department to Consider Boater Policies in Delta Planning.
RBOC is encouraged by and applauds the California Department of Water Resources statement that it will be considering important boater policies regarding access to navigable waterways as the department develops projects for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
This positive announcement by Director Lester Snow is an important step in our efforts to ensure continued navigation by recreational boats wherever any control structure is planned for placement across a navigable Delta waterway.
The Delta Vision Blue Ribbon Task Force is working to identify and evaluate alternative measures and management practices that will be necessary to implement the Delta Vision’s recommendations. RBOC is participating in this process and is guided by the following policy that has been developed by its Board:
Recreational Boaters of California (RBOC) will advocate to protect the rights of recreational boaters to assure access for continued navigation by recreational boats on the waters of the California Delta where ever any “control structure” (such as, but not limited to gates or barriers whether temporary or permanent) is planned for placement across a navigable Delta waterway. RBOC will seek assurances that as any changes are contemplated which further alter Delta navigable waterways that alternatives are identified and implemented to the satisfaction of RBOC that will best preserve and sustain recreational boat passage at each location. RBOC will seek to have operable boat locks installed as an integral design component to mitigate for the placement of any control structure across any navigable Delta waterway. All control structures and boat locks or other alternatives satisfactory to RBOC for recreational boat passage are to be installed, maintained and operated without cost or expense to recreational boaters.