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The Delta

The Delta is a productive agricultural region with an increasingly uncertain future.

Located just east of and draining into…

Posted by dnpadmin on 05/23 at 12:47 AM • #

Staten Island

Like many other areas in the Delta, Staten Island farmers have a long tradition of flooding their already harvested fields…

Posted by dnpadmin on 05/23 at 12:44 AM • #

Lodgecamp

Lodgecamp is a speculative design project intended to synthesize the interests of migrant farm workers and tourism.

Lodgecamps would…

Posted by dnpadmin on 05/22 at 11:39 PM • #

Invasive Species

Globalization’s impact on the Delta includes making it the least “natural” ecosystem on the Pacific coast of the western hemisphere.…

Posted by dnpadmin on 05/22 at 11:33 PM • #

Borrow Pit Exchange Authority

The Borrow Pit Exchange Authority would coordinate development along the Interstate 5 corridor. The location of the pits may implicate…

Posted by John Bass on 04/30 at 08:10 PM • #

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Rumored to be owned by an ex-CIA director.

">Aerial photo of Quimby Island

Aerial photo of Quimby Island

Photo from http://www.aerialarchives.com/stock/img/AHLB2661.htm

Rumored to be owned by an ex-CIA director.

Grain boat in San Joaquin River

Grain boat in San Joaquin River

A grain boat headed to the port of Stockton.

Empire Tract drainage pumps

Empire Tract drainage pumps

The size of this pumping station is fairly typical. Pumps like this allow Delta farmers to precisely control the groundwater level in their fields. Without constant pumping, Delta fields would fill with water from the surrounding, higher rivers and sloughs. Like levee maintence, much of which is done by Delta landowners, the expense of pumping affects Delta farmers’ competitiveness in the global agricultural products market.

Crop circles on Venice Island

Crop circles on Venice Island

My brother Adam brought this interesting and curiosity-piquing place to my attention. Is this strange configuration a message being sent to outer space, or explained by more earthbound practices? Please help solve the mystery!

Bird tracker, Staten Island

Bird tracker, Staten Island

Bird tracking vehicle monitoring foraging Sandhill Cranes on Staten Island.

Tyler Camp

Tyler Camp

Lum Bunn Farm, Tyler Island.

Tomato Workers

Tomato Workers

Tomato harvesting vehicle and workers, South Delta.

Wine Factory

Wine Factory

Industrial-scale winery near Interstate 5, in the Delta’s Secondary Zone, and in the Borrow Pit Exchange Authority. The large-scale, often industrial or infrastructural, elements that are beginning to dominate this area need to be organized in more effective, sustainable ways.

Sprinkler Guys

Sprinkler Guys

Sod production on Terminous Tract.

South Delta farm camp

South Delta farm camp

A typical farm camp puncuating the horizon. The camp seen here is relatively new, but is similar to old camps in its dense organization of buildings shaded by a canopy of trees.

Sod farm sign

Sod farm sign

The Delta’s increasing production of sod is replacing other crops as the agricultural market evolves.

Sod farm irrigation

Sod farm irrigation

Sod farm on Terminous Tract.

Sod farm

Sod farm

A view of an expanse of sod being cultivated on Terminous Tract. Sod farming covers thousands of acres.

Shimasaki Memorial, farm camp no. 3 site plan

Shimasaki Memorial, farm camp no. 3 site plan

Hand drawing of Farm Camp Number Three, ink on mylar.

Shimasaki Memorial bunkhouse

Shimasaki Memorial bunkhouse

Bacon Island bunkhouse that would be restored as part of the Shimasaki Memorial.

Sartini Manor - Farm Labor Housing

Sartini Manor - Farm Labor Housing

State-run farm workers’ camp near Thornton.

Ryer Windrow panorama

Ryer Windrow panorama

Panorama of Ryer Island vineyard and windrow.

Ryde mini-golf

Ryde mini-golf

This mini-golf course is set within a pear orchard at the Ryde Hotel.

River Islands development plan

River Islands development plan

River Islands is a development proposed for Stewart Tract in the southeast Delta. It would build a new community protected by a “super levee.”  This new levee is seen by adjacent landowners as a breach in the long-standing agreement to build levees to the same height, thereby ensuring that all would share equally in the risk of flooding. If realized, River Islands would set a new precedent for in-Delta suburban development.

Pruned pear branches, Ryer Island

Pruned pear branches, Ryer Island

The quotidian poetics of agriculture. This image shows a donut-shaped mound of pear tree prunings, carefully organized for no doubt a very logical reason.

Bacon Island lavenderia

Bacon Island lavenderia

Men washing work clothes in the makeshift laundry at Bacon Island farm camp number 3.

Lodgecamp Systems Diagram

Lodgecamp Systems Diagram

Exploded drawing describing the various technical systems of the Lodgecamp.

Lodgecamp Section

Lodgecamp Section

Cross section through Lodgecamp and adjacent areas. From left to right: Boating, Fishing, Living, Gardening, Farming.

Lodgecamp Plan - Ground Level

Lodgecamp Plan - Ground Level

Ground floor and garden plan of the Lodgecamp.

Lodgecamp Plans - Upper Levels

Lodgecamp Plans - Upper Levels

Lodgecamp floor plans, upper levels.

Lodgecamp Calendar

Lodgecamp Calendar

This calendar diagrams the times of year the the three occupants of the Lodgecamp would be present. The calendar is entirely based on the two-year agricultural cycle used by many Delta farmers.

Lodgecamp - Panorama

Lodgecamp - Panorama

View across fields toward two lodgecamps.

Lodgecamp Axonometric

Lodgecamp Axonometric

Bird’s eye view of the Lodgecamp and garden.

Lodgecamp - Garden view

Lodgecamp - Garden view

A view across the Lodgecamp community garden, toward the levee crest.

Lodgecamp - Constituents

Lodgecamp - Constituents

List of the constituents who have an interest expressed in the Lodgecamp project.

Lodgegcamp Exchange Diagram

Lodgegcamp Exchange Diagram

The farmworker gives squash to the birdwatcher. The birdwatcher tells the hunter where to hunt. The hunter gives a duck to the farmworker.

Lodgegcamp - View on a levee crest

Lodgegcamp - View on a levee crest

Daily life at the Lodgecamp levee crest.

Levee Urbanism field view

Levee Urbanism field view

View toward the Oxbow Marina-style properties of the Levee Urbanism idea.

Levee Urbanism constituents

Levee Urbanism constituents

Groups whose interests converge in Levee Urbanism.

Levee Bank Gardens, Saitama, Japan

Levee Bank Gardens, Saitama, Japan

Levee Urbanism in the Delta would make property owners stewards of their little piece of levee.

Mini-golf course

Mini-golf course

Mini-golf course at the Ryde Hotel, integrated with pear orchard.

Lum Bunn farm water tower

Lum Bunn farm water tower

The old water tower at the Lum Bunn farm, Tyler Island. Water towers like this one predate the extensive diesel and electrical system that now powers the manipulation of water in the Delta.

Lum Bunn farm Two Buildings

Lum Bunn farm Two Buildings

The ruins at Lun Bunn farm, Tyler Island.

Farm camp number 3

Farm camp number 3

Bacon Island farm camp number 3, future site of a water development and the Shimasaki Memorial.

Drainage ditch, Grand Island

Drainage ditch, Grand Island

A primary drainage ditch on Grand Island. In the north Delta most ditches serve as habitat. In the south Delta, many ditches are concrete-lined, and serve no environmental purpose. Without a drainage regimen, Delta islands would be inundated.

Delta water structure

Delta water structure

Diagram showing water systems in a part of the Delta.

Delta Primary and Secondary Zones

Delta Primary and Secondary Zones

The primary and secondary zones regulate land use in the Delta. The primary zone strictly limits uses to those associated with agriculture, and the secondary zone allows uses more loosely associated with agriculture. The secondary zone is the site of many creative interpretations of agricultural uses.

Delta Ethnic History

Delta Ethnic History

This map describes property owned or rented by ethnic Japanese, Chinese, and East Indian farmers in the early 20th century.

Borrow Pit Edge - Ground Leveling Precision

Borrow Pit Edge - Ground Leveling Precision

Edge of fields in the Borrow Pit Exchange Authority. Right to left is field edge, toe ditch, (riparian) levee bank and levee crest, the constituent elements of the Delta’s levee infrastructure.

Asparagus packing

Asparagus packing

Asparagus packing shed at Bacon Island farm camp number 3.

A crane in the fields

A crane in the fields

cranes and other migrating birds pass through the delta, which is on the pacific flyway. in the winter, many farmers flood their fields, making the delta more attractive to birds, birdwatchers, and hunters

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