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Exploring the Delta: Wet and a little wild

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Posted: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 12:00 am

It’s easy to spend a day on the water without leaving San Joaquin County. The California Delta is a unique 1,100-square-mile area located west of Lodi. The inland river delta is rich in history and abundant in activities. Whether you want to get in the water or prefer to enjoy water views from dry land, the Delta has enough activities to fill your day — or your week.

Go fish. Whether you’re looking for an afternoon of relaxation or a thrilling competition, Delta fishing holes offer sport for both amateur and professional fishermen. The Delta is home to an array of watery prey, including crawdads, American shad, salmon, black bass, catfish, sturgeon and, the most popular, striped bass. Visitors and locals can bank fish at public piers or parks with fishing access, or get out on the water by renting a boat from a nearby marina.

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  • Gene Beley posted at 1:30 pm on Sat, May 31, 2014.

    Gene Beley Posts: 3

    My apologies to Nora Heston, who wrote the article; I thought it was done by Bill Wells, so it is a compliment to Ms. Heston, whom I have not met. Anyhow, everything else stands as is on my below comments. Basically, you should enjoy the Delta for sure now, because if the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) is allowed to start building the tunnels, you can kiss the Delta (as we've known it for the past 100 years) Goodbye.

  • Gene Beley posted at 2:21 pm on Fri, May 30, 2014.

    Gene Beley Posts: 3

    The Delta needs more good articles like this from knowledgeable people like Bill Wells, the author of this article. What we're seeing now is the Delta Protection Commission has hired an outside advertising-PR agency, AgustineIdeas of Roseville, who received a contract in September 2013 for $95,561 to study the Delta, create a new logo, and "brand the Delta". Bill and the Delta Chamber of Commerce could have done more with $50,000 than these organizations will do with $200,000 because Delta people don't have to spend six months or a year or more in meetings and doing market research to learn the Delta; it is part of Bill's DNA, just like there are other talented people in the Delta who could assist him to bring more business in the Delta at much less cost. Unfortunately, with the Bay Delta Conservation Plan's twin tunnels being jammed down our throat, we're going to see more of this, not less, where they treat Delta people like uneducated faceless people, instead of giving the contract to the Delta Chamber of Commerce to hire local Delta people to execute advertisements and "branding". Marty Stanley, the late great Delta artist, already did one logo that undoubtedly could be used, but there are lots of other living artists who live in the Delta who should be given the opportunity (and money) to produce any "branding" desired to increase Delta business that will probably be severely harmed by the BDCP twin tunnel project.

    Thank you LODI NEWS SENTINEL for running this excellent article by Bill Wells!

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