From the Commander of Kadosh (August 2017)

posted Aug 2, 2017, 10:42 AM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated Aug 2, 2017, 10:47 AM ]
A get-together by the San Jose Scottish Rite Council of Kadosh and friends in   August this year is for a visit the “Secret Water Laboratory” that helped save San Francisco Bay. A hidden gem, the Bay Area Model in Sausalito is a huge three-dimensional working model of the S.F. Bay and the Delta river system. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built the Bay Model in the mid-1950’s to test a plan that would have created two fresh water lakes by damming up the north and south bays. Subsequent tests proved that both lakes would evaporate faster than they would fill up—thus saving our precious S.F. Bay. Other interactive testing included Sierra snowpack and dams, river orientations and flows, and delta levee structures.


The exhibit covers over 1.5 acres. Most visitors take the free self-guided tour starting from the “mountains” to the “sea”. A  theater shows a 12 minute orientation film. Next is a pilot’s overlook view of the whole bay system from 12,000 ft. altitude. Pathways around the model provide a sea-level perspective of the bay and delta including the bottom of the bay, runways for  the S.F. International Airport, and the “proposed” peripheral canal.


“Trekking the Model” is a free tour for the public, led by one of model’s park rangers or docents and is offered Tuesdays thru Fridays from 9:00 a.m.–4.00 p.m. during the week—and on week ends from 10.00–5.00.  Closed on Mondays. I am planning to lead a tour to this facility, and perhaps followed with a local dinner in that area, in the second half of August . If any of our members, families or friends are interested please see me at S.J.S. Rite or call at 650 948-1400 at I will attempt to coordinate the “best date” for a visit to the Bay Model.

Dell Bleiler, Commander of Kadosh