Photos from the Water Education Foundation’s Delta tour
I was going through my photo files the other day and came across these pictures of the Delta that I shot back in July when I traveled with the Water Education Foundation on their Delta tour. I always meant to do a slideshow, but … well, let’s just say I got sidetracked. So I went ahead and put all my pictures from the Delta into this lengthy post. I’m not going to try and be too terribly informative, but as it is with all Water Education Foundation tours, there were speakers and presentations every step of the way. This is also only a portion of what we saw; we were driven extensively through the Delta, oftentimes we stopped at places but didn’t always get off the bus. Pictures through the bus window don’t always work out so well. So. with that being said, here is my photo tour of the Delta. I hope you enjoy!
Twitchell Island, with Mt. Diablo in the hazy distance.
We visited a USGS project that is using tules to reverse subsidence on the Delta islands.
This is the Smith Canal in Stockton. Although the picture looks rural, it really is quite urbanized here.
The presentation here discussed a flood control project that recently received funding.
This was taken from Sherman Island. Note the Antioch Bridge in the distance.
Another shot from Sherman Island.
The tour included a dinner cruise on the Stockton Delta, where we were joined by Stocktonians enjoying the Delta. It was a beautiful evening. This is very close to downtown Stockton.
This was on a Wednesday evening, and there were a lot of people out enjoying the waterway.
Another shot of the Delta from the dinner cruise.
We stopped at the Delta Discovery Center, a really exciting project under development that when completed, will include an interpretive center and so much more. A few months ago, the farmers market opened. I am returning to the Delta in March and I look forward to seeing how much farther they have come. You can find out more at www.discoverthedelta.org.
This is from somewhere inside the Delta. I think I took this one through the window of the bus.
We also stopped at the Delta Cross Channel. The cross channel is used to transfer Sacramento River water across the Delta.
These gates can be opened and closed depending on water quality, flood protection, and fish protection requirements. They are usually closed most of the spring.
A lonely sunflower keeps watch on the levee by Bethel Island.
And here are the pumps. At least you know your tax dollars don’t go to making them all look pretty.
The pumps are located underneath the white tops; the Gantry Crane can go over head for servicing.
The third day began with a trip to the Golden Gate National Park for some presentations…
I’ll be traveling through the Delta on my own for a day in March. If you have suggestions on things I should see and photograph there, please leave a comment here, or contact me through my other website, Aquafornia.