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Jet Skis on Mokelumne River raise safety concerns

Kayakers, home owners say speed, noise is a nuisance

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Posted: Friday, November 15, 2013 12:00 am

Kayakers and paddle-boarders traveling up and down the two-mile stretch of the Mokelumne River that forms the city of Lodi’s northern border are worried about their safety as Jet Skis and power boats zip through the narrow canal.

Homeowners along the river and people enjoying the nature trails in the Lodi Lake Nature Area are bothered by the noise. They want to find a way to limit access by Jet Skis and powerboats to that section of the river.

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  • John Kindseth posted at 9:38 pm on Fri, Nov 15, 2013.

    John Kindseth Posts: 245

    PS: Noise? Add the symphony of backpack blowers and string trimmers which are far more pervasive, loud, operate starting at 7:30 am for much longer times, year round, and on a daily basis. Far more annoying than the occasional jet ski during warm weather. Be thankful for Lodi lake and the river.

  • John Kindseth posted at 9:31 pm on Fri, Nov 15, 2013.

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    1. I guess from a different point of view, the presence of kayaks endangers jet skiiers.

    2. The river is a natural resource that should [with reasonable governance] be able to be enjoyed by all. It is not a private bath tub for any one collection of users.

    3. "Lodi City Attorney Steve Schwabauer suggested that because the situation on the river has changed and there are more non-motorized craft on the waterway, the group should ask the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors to take another look at the issue and perhaps change the laws." DOES he mean when jetskiiers outnumber kayakers they should take over the rules of the river ?? What an un researched comment.

    4. There are many more issues about the river beside kayaks n jetskiis, that have come up and are unresolved and will remain so during our lifetimes.

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