This storm was the most disastrous in the history of Monterey County and the damaged property is unprecedented. Flood conditions in the Spreckels area were representative of many sections of the county, as described in the Salinas Daily Index. At Spreckels, all the lowlands are flooded and the water comes to within thirty feet of the end of the factory, which is protected by a heavy rock embankment. The river is nearly a mile wide at some points there.
Geography[ edit ] Map of the Salinas River watershed. The valley lends its name to the geologic province in which it is located, the Salinian Block.
The Salinas Valley is located in between the Gabilan and Santa Lucia mountain ranges, which border the Salinas Valley to the east and the west, respectively. History[ edit ] Before colonization, the valley was inhabited by indigenous Salinans who lived by hunting and gathering and spoke the Salinan language.
An NYA photo illustrating young farm workers and the mechanization of agriculture. At a railroad crossing about one mile south of Chualara bus carrying Mexican migrant workers collided with a train in Septemberkilling 32 passengers and injuring It was the most serious road accident in U.
The portion of U. Route where the accident occurred was named "Bracero Memorial Highway" at the 50th anniversary of the accident in At that time two survivors of the crash were still alive. Promoters call the Salinas Valley "the Salad Bowl of the World" for the production of lettuce, broccoli, peppers and numerous other crops.
The climate and long growing season are also ideal for the flower industry and grape vineyards planted by world-famous vintners. In particular, a large majority[ citation needed ] of the salad greens consumed in the U. Strawberries, lettuce, tomatoes, and spinach are the dominant crops in the valley.
Other crops include broccoli, cauliflower, wine grapes, artichokes, and celery. Due to the intensity of local agriculture, the area has earned itself the nickname "America's Salad Bowl. Salinas Valley is also an important viticultural area. Some of the largest employers in the area include: Water[ edit ] An agricultural irrigation system near Chualar in the Salinas Valley.
Supplying Salinas Valley farms is an underground water supply fed, in part, by the large watershed in surrounding mountains. Two reservoirs — Nacimiento and San Antonio —store and release the water for groundwater recharge, flood control and farming. The Salinas River itself is a sand river, so water appears on the surface only during heavy rains or when water is released from the upstream reservoirs.
Increasing demand for water near the mouth of the valley is pulling seawater under the coastal area. The Salinas Valley Water Project, now under construction by the Monterey County Water Resources Agency, will use an inflatable dam near Salinas to capture more water during wet periods.
The projects reduce pumping of groundwater and slow down seawater intrusion.The Salinas River is the Central Coast's largest river and has the fourth* largest watershed in California, flowing miles from the mountains in southern San Luis Obispo County northward to Monterey Bay.
Most rivers in California flow west or south. California Little League Districts Click here to return to the Northern California Little League Tournament Page Main Menu.. Click here to return to the Southern California Little League Tournament Page Main Menu. 2 reviews of Salinas River Wildlife Refuge "Wow, we came here to see the beach near Monterey.
This amazed us since the beach trail is a direct path through the marsh lands. You get a great view of all the shore birds where fresh water meets salt 4/4(2). This text was written as a guide for the Salinas Historical and Architectural Resources Survey, a joint project between the City of Salinas and the Monterey County Historical Society.
SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY CODE - TITLE 22, LAND USE ORDINANCE Salinas River - Rural Area Standards Article 9 - Community Planning Standards October 23, Figure - RR - Tassajara Canyon - Rural.
Salinas /slins/ is the county seat and largest municipality of Monterey County, California. Salinas is located just outside the southern portion of the greater Bay Area and 10 miles east-southeast of the mouth of the Salinas River, at an elevation of about 52 feet above sea level.