The American River Parkway will be “dry” and Sacramento County’s regional park fees will be higher over the Labor Day weekend.
The holiday ban on alcohol along the parkway – on shore and on the river – will be in effect from Saturday through Monday. Consumption of alcohol and possession of open containers will be prohibited within the parkway between Watt and Hazel avenues. The ordinance will be strictly enforced, and violations of the alcohol ban may result in a citation or arrest, according to a Sacramento County Regional Parks news release.
A woman was hurt when she fell from a rope swing along the American River in Sacramento Sunday afternoon.
The woman, described as in her 30s, tumbled 15 feet and fell face-first, suffering facial and chest injuries, said Asst. Chief Scott Cockrum with the Sacramento Metro Fire District. He said she was also losing consciousness.
Law enforcement agencies from around the region are teaming up on a two-day crackdown along the American and Sacramento Rivers near Discovery Park.The enforcement effort known as the Delta Blitz is coordinated by the U.S, Coast Guard and involves 10 different law enforcement agencies.
The main goal of the crackdown is education.
Officers target boaters for a variety of safety violations such as speeding, boating under the influence, lacking enough life vests, and lacking registration.The crackdown in Sacramento is the last of three Delta Blitz crackdowns the Coast Guard operates throughout the Delta.In June, officers ran a similar operation in San Joaquin County.
They also ran a Delta Blitz in Contra Costa County in July.Since the Coast Guard began the operation in 2008, a spokesman for the department estimates the number of citations being written by officers has decreased by one-third.
In Yolo County, officers estimate they have written nearly 80 percent fewer citations for boating under the influence than in previous years.”I’d like to think we can attribute it to our enforcement.
We’ve taken a proactive step at reducing the alcohol related incidents. People know we are going to be out here, and we are going to be doing enforcement,” said Deputy Rial Price, with the Yolo County Sheriff’s Department.
Boaters on the water Saturday said they have noticed more officers on the water in recent years.
The final environmental impact report on the Nimbus Hatchery Fish Passage Project has been released by the federal Bureau of Reclamation and California Department of Fish and Game for public review.
The agencies propose to extend the fish ladder from the hatchery to the Nimbus Dam stilling basin, using the basin itself to hold and divert fish to the ladder.
Under this proposal, the existing weir would be permanently removed and the Department of Fish and Game would recommend changes in local fishing regulations to the California Fish and Game Commission, according to a news release.
The Nimbus Fish Hatchery is along the lower American River, a quarter-mile downstream from Nimbus Dam.
A section of the American River Parkway near California State University, Sacramento, will be temporarily closed for a levee upgrade beginning Aug. 22.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that pedestrian and bicycle traffic will be detoured to an alternate trail from the Campus Commons golf course to about Ethan Way for up to nine weeks while a seepage cutoff wall is built in the levee at the end of Northrop Avenue, near Howe Avenue. Signs have been posted along the trail noting that the detour will be in place for the duration of the construction, scheduled for completion by Oct. 17.
The Corps of Engineers built more than 20 miles of cutoff walls into American river levees between 2000 and 2002 as part of a joint project with the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency. Areas where construction was complicated by utilities, bridges or power lines were set aside for later construction, leaving gaps in the walls, according to a Corps news release.