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|Chronicles of Delta Access
||TeleAtlas, Google, MapQuest, TomTom, FEMA, USBR, Verizon and CalTrans
actions to limit access to Delta Travelers
|Since approximately 2004, many different government
and/or business enterprises have worked jointly to limit access to the
Delta for visitors, or at least make it confusing enough to discourage
repeat visits to the Delta. This web page will provide some of the
incidents of use of wrong maps, wrong road names, fake road closure
notices, etc to show the pattern of intended limits to travel access in
the Delta. Since the state and federal agencies propose purchase
or eminent domain of very large areas of the Delta, there is no doubt
what the REASON for the limitation of access is supposed to do.
Wrong Delta Maps, if interested.
|NOAA, the federal agency that creates the official navigation charts
along the coasts of the USA, and also inland waterways like the Delta,
changed its charts in 2006 by removing all but 15 of the 100+ marinas
from the Delta area navigation charts. In June 2013, new printable
charts were published, which is a great service to boaters in the Delta,
but again most Marina names were not noted. The waterways and
current depts as of last year or 2011 are also noted. Strangely,
online some NOAA websites and apps errase Steamboat Slough, literally.
Here is a pdf of sections of some of the nautical charts over the years,
going backwards in time, to prove to NOAA website manager that Snug
Harbor is located where it is, Steamboat Slough DOES exist and there are
many more marinas in the Delta than what shows on the new NOAA charts.
Perhaps boaters who care about having accurate charts might want to use
their gps to advise Google, which runs the NOAA map portion of sites?
page with historical charts:
Delta Navigation Maps
In all fairness to NOAA, there are lots of agencies that are confusing
historical facts on the Delta, including waterway names, Island names,
marina locations, etc. You might want to see:
more examples of wrong maps
GoogleGoogs for this year include intentionally diverting searchers of
"Ryer Island" to the uninhabited island in the Suisun Marsh area,
representing to viewers of their map satalite view that Steamboat Slough
bridge is up on the north side, meaning that vehicles can not cross, and
the two ferrys to Ryer Island are no longer labeled. Plus you have
to zoom in very close to see that State Route 84 between Rio Vista and
West Sacramento actually exists.
One needs to question WHY Google is so intent on limiting traffic in the
Delta, and specifically hindering visitors to Ryer Island and Snug
Something really odd this year: Some Google-based independent
websites finally recognize the name of "Snug Harbor Drive" which the
road was officially named by Solano County process in 1985. Yet
other Google-based websites still use "Port Lane". Why do some
Google maps show one name and others the wrong name?
Apple did their own maps that actually seemed more correct in the Delta.
But Iphone customrs complained and Apple offers the Google App map which
errases the Delta Island names or on occasion, directs travelers to the
WRONG "Ryer Island". Google Maps online also recognizes just one
"Ryer Island" ... the one in the Suisun Bay area.
And last when a traveler would type in "Delta California" Google would
show you a place up by the Red Bluff area. No kidding! In
2013 Google gives us directions to Collinsville. Maybe Google
bought the huge amount of farm lands in this area and plans to develop
Collinsville? Right now it's considered a historic "ghost town"
and has just a few houses. Collinsville was never a part of the
legal Delta boundaries in the past, so why is Google claiming it as the
Note that as of March 2013 Some Google-contracted agency maps DO
recognize the correct road name of "Snug Harbor Drive" but the Google
map for USGS does not list the Delta islands, except for a few
||In 2013, Bing (Microsoft) continues to recognize the Ryer Island
Snug Harbor peninsula is attached to.
2012: Click on the picture to the left to read how ATT phone
service for Snug Harbor Resorts, LLC (our own phones!) say the access to
the park is "permanently closed". Att blames the false data on
Apple, who blames it on Google who blames it on TeleAtlas who is now
owned by TomTom.
On the bright side...since 2005 TeleAtlas and Google have been calling
this road the wrong name-they dubbed it "Port Lane" and years of written
notices by us and even from Solano County mapping dept resulted in the
road name correction only in 2011, and only for some of the online maps.
In the meantime, FEMA maps use the wrong road name....
||Other agencies confuse what waterway is where, as shown on the map
to the left
||FEMA issues new Flood Insurance maps...using wrong road names for
our area of the Delta. FEMA used "Port" lane and there are no
addresses or homes on Port Lane, so the private home owners along Snug
Harbor Drive have difficulty gettig those flood elevation certificates
required when one wants to apply for a permit to improve property
||NOAA is notified that their online maps showing the waterways of the
Delta incorrectly labels Steamboat Slough as "Seven Mile Slough".
||CalTrans decides to do work on the east side of State Route 84
leading to Ryer Island from Sacramento and Courtland areas.
CalTrans does this work the week before Memorial Day Week end 2011, and
leaves all detour signs up, even though St. Route 84 is open for travel,
so that people trying to reach Ryer Island criss cross across various
unpaved farm and levee roads in their large RV's, just trying to get to
the Ryer Island bridge. NSS films the drive after getting many
calls and complaints from people trying to reach us, and after a group
of 4 RV's cancels due to frustration with the road issue and access.
Quite literally, only the east half of the road is paved! As of
April 2012 it still remains that way!
||US Census people visit Snug Harbor...their maps use "Port Lane"
which they assure me will be corrected...It was not.