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Tuscany Institute lodge

Tuscany Institute lodge

Tuscany Institute lodge on Mandeville Island.

Herman and Helen’s marina

Herman and Helen’s marina

Building and patio boat at Herman and Helen’s a great and central place to rent a boat for a Delta water excursion. In the window the Venice Island ferry ramp is visible. The ferry is private, and serves the island owned by the Hilton family.

Large Owner Axis Trail

Large Owner Axis Trail

The Large Owner Axis Trail is correlated to the 2009 Peripheral Canal proposal’s “through-Delta component. The trail extends from the proposed Sacramento River diversion facility in the North Delta to the State and Federal Water Project pumps in the southwest Delta. From north to south, the elements of the trail system include: Stone Lakes NWR Trail, Snodgrass Slough Lodgecamp, Pear and Vine Trail, Delta Cross Channel Lodgecamp, Historic Settlements Trail, Staten Island Lodgecamp, Birdwatchers’ and Sportsmens’ Trail, Bouldin Island Lodgecamp, Habitat Mitigation Trail, Connection Slough Anglers’ Dam, Bacon Island Lodgecamp, Railroad Cut Anglers’ Dam, Channel Islands Trail, Double Canal Anglers’ Dam, Victoria and North Canals Estate Trail, and Clifton Court Forebay Lodgecamp

Scour ponds

Scour ponds

Diagram locating the flood events that remain visible from aerial examination. In many cases, these events continue to mark the landscape in the form of “washout gardens.”

Bird tracker, Staten Island

Bird tracker, Staten Island

Bird tracking vehicle monitoring foraging Sandhill Cranes on Staten Island.

Panorama from Mandeville to Venice Island

Panorama from Mandeville to Venice Island

Each Fourth of July, the space between the two islands fills with boats that enjoy a fireworks display put on by the owners of Venice Island, the Hilton family.

Migrating Geese

Migrating Geese

The Delta is on the Pacific Flyway, which runs from Alaska to South America.

Mandeville Island Bridge

Mandeville Island Bridge

This bridge provides access to Mandeville Island, owned by the Tuscany Research Institute. The island was previously owned by Steve Wynn, Las Vegas casino magnate and duck hunter. The bridge, like other bridges and ferries scattered throughout the Delta, is private and crossing it requires permission of the owner of Mandeville Island, not easily acquired.

Mandeville claims

Mandeville claims

Diagram showing various techniques and consequences of reclamation.

Lower Delta topography

Lower Delta topography

The topography of Mandeville and Bacon Islands and Holland Tract, to -20’ below sea level. Darker color represents lower elevation.

Lodgecamp Locations (abandoned idea)

Lodgecamp Locations (abandoned idea)

Diagram describing scenarios for the month-to-month occupation of the Staten Island lodgecamps. This was an early idea about the Lodgecamps, since abandoned in favor of distributing them along the length of the Large Owner Axis.

Lodgecamp - Garden view

Lodgecamp - Garden view

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

Large property owners

Large property owners

Mandeville, Bacon, Venice, Staten, and Bouldin Islands are all owned by a single family or corporation.

Large Owner Axis Topography

Large Owner Axis Topography

Most of the Large Owner Axis land is below sea level. Note how the middle of the Axis is lowest in elevation.

Large Owner Axis

Large Owner Axis

Large Owner Axis diagram showing past or present island owners and their source of wealth. The Large Owner Axis is a chain of islands that connect the two most important elements of the Delta’s water redistribution infrastructure.

The LOA is also the key axis of planned “through-Delta” water redistribution infrastructure proposals, whether or not these improvements are tied to the new Peripheral Canal proposal.

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