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The Jones Tract Incident
     Starting in June 2004, California media, DWR, the governor, and many others made a big deal about a "sunny day levee failure" at Upper Jones Tract in the southern end of the Delta.  The media reported the incident as happening June 3rd.  DWR documents say the levee breached on June 3rd.  USBR operations log for the Delta Cross Channel Gates closed the gates due to the "Jones Tract Levee Failure" on June 1st.  Department of Interior (DOI) website documents reflect June 1st Jones Tract Levee Failure.  Their 2004 annual newsletter says June 2nd.  And was the levee failure an "accident" or the field study of planned In-Delta storage.

     A few documents related to the modeling of Delta Island flooding or use as In-Delta storage...The Lower Jones Tract study of June 2004   See the maps and more document links at the Jones Tract page and the In-Delta water storage map page.

    After reviewing the Delta island flood modeling studies and funding from 2002 to 2005, a natural conclusion is to question if the flooding of Jones Tract was really an INTENDED verification of the modeling studies conducted by RMA prior to the Jones Tract break?  Just prior to the flooding, DWR and other agencies had been requesting special funding from Congress.  From Senate and Congressional hearing notes, its not clear the requested funding was going to happen.  However, very soon after the Jones Tract flood, legislation was signed providing the funding.  One other curious thing to note is the LACK of common sense response to a flood event in the Delta like the Jones Tract levee breech.  One would assume all the reclamation districts would have met and conducted extensive investigations of the levees in their charge.  Available records don't show that.  One would assume the publications and trade newsletters of the time period right after the Jones Tract break would be all about this "sunny day" incident.  The media coverage of the event at the time was unusually limited as well.  And we later find out that, according to some DWR reports, DWR or the State spent up to $90 million on repairs and compensation to the farmers.  Hmmm.  At the same time, studies were conducted by URS and other DWR contractors which helped to answer the questions of different agencies like EBMUD as expressed in their comments letters for the proposed In-Delta storage use of Bacon and Webb Islands.

Below are just a few of the documents gathered related to this subject.  Click on the smaller graphics to see enlarged viewable versions.  The online locations where the documents were found show in the graphics so the viewer can go see the full document referenced if interested.   Note that at the bottom of this page is a large file which is a video of the RMA simulation of the Jones Tract break and island flooding, reflecting the salinity intrusion into the Delta area.


JT/04CalfedSciConf-Levees_and_Subsidence.pdf

JT/1517.pdf

JT/1997subsidence.pdf

JT/2002Ch14.pdf

JT/2003Ch7.pdf

JT/2003ins_modeling.pdf

2004_docs/JT/2003photos-jonestract.pdf

2004_docs/JT/2003REALM-full.pdf

2004_docs/JT/2004_jay_lund_planning_speaker.pdf

2004_docs/JT/2004_report_to_congress.docx

2004_docs/JT/2004_water_modeling_meeting.pdf

2004_docs/JT/2004_year_in_review-usbr.pdf

2004_docs/JT/2004Draft_DWR-Rec_response_plan-Calfed-CalsimII.pdf

2004_docs/JT/2004LRAT-TechMemo2004-01-12.pdf

2004_docs/JT/2004proposed_monitoring_changes.pdf

2004_docs/JT/2005_levee_breech_drms_study.pdf

2004_docs/JT/2005FloodedIslandsRMADeltaModelCalibrationReport.pdf

2004_docs/JT/2005Seismic_Risk.pdf

2004_docs/JT/2005usbr_congress.cdr

2004_docs/JT/2006delta_app_a_c.pdf

2004_docs/JT/2006usbr_jt.pdf

2004_docs/JT/55_quinn.pdf

2004_docs/JT/app_l-o.pdf

2004_docs/JT/AppendixB-Synthetic_Hydrology(Technical).pdf

2004_docs/JT/CEC-500-2006-004.pdf

2004_docs/JT/DOC_July2004_forecast_070804.pdf

2004_docs/JT/DRMS_Risk_Report_section_11.pdf

2004_docs/JT/GIS_Council_Charter_and_Application.pdf

2004_docs/JT/Hydrodynamics_ITF.pdf

2004_docs/JT/jonestract072009_rev1.pdf

 

 

Preliminary_Seismic_Risk_Analysis_Associated_with_Levee_Failures_in_the.pdf

PowerPoint Presentation

Twiss-ScienceDVP.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

2004_docs/JT/Appendix%20C%20(Schedule).pdf

2004_docs/JT/Appendix%20C%20(Figures).pdf

2004_docs/JT/Earthwork%20Cost%20Report%20-%20Figure%204.pdf

2004_docs/JT/3_Engineering_Design_and_Risk_Analysis.pdf

2004_docs/JT/Delta_Wetlands_Project.pdf

2004_docs/JT/East_Bay_Municipal_Utility_District.pdf

2004_docs/JT/HT_Jones_Tract_GW_Monitoring_Report.pdf

2004_docs/JT/jt_jan2004_links.docx

2004_docs/JT/Draft_In-Delta_Executive_Summary_1-30-04.pdf

2004_docs/JT/Reservoir%20Stratification%20Study_All.pdf

2004_docs/JT/URS_Seepage_Calibration_Study.pdf

2004_docs/JT/URS_May_2005_Risk_Analysis.pdf

2004_docs/JT/IDS_workshop2003.pdf

2004_docs/JT/URS_May_2005_Risk_Analysis_Full%20Report.pdf

2004_docs/JT/2004SepForecast.pdf

2004_docs/JT/CALSIM_II_103103.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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