Roundup: November 11, 2015
Almansor Court – 700 S. Almansor, Alhambra, CA
Social Hour: 5:00 PM
Dinner: 6:00 PM
Speaker: Eric A. Nelson
Subject: Farming in the San Joaquin River Delta
At the time that California was granted Statehood, the San Joaquin River Delta was nothing more than a swamp, with a river meandering through it. Eric Nelson’s power point presentation will trace the history of the development of this swampland into reclaimed parcels of land on which levees were constructed to keep the River from inundating the reclaimed lands and returning them back into swampland. Some of these reclaimed lands became, in effect, islands. Eric will explain the reclamation process, its history, and its current administration. Following the historical narrative, Eric will relate his experiences in the 1970s and 1980s, in overseeing a farming operation on the largest single-ownership island in the San Joaquin Delta, while dealing with the special characteristics associated with farming on land, surrounded by water and protected by levees.
Please join us this coming Veterans Day, November 11, 2015, for our twice-elected Sheriff’s fascinating glimpse into this important facet of California’s history. We look forward to your participation!