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Old 06-20-2015, 02:30 AM
 
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Is there a difference between using the term for the geographic location of "Sacramento" (the city) vs calling the region the "Sacramento Valley"? What do people consider to be the boundaries of Sacramento Valley? What would be the epicenter of the Sacramento Valley? Are the Sierra Foothills in the Auburn area considered to be part of the Sacramento Valley? Are the two terms "Sacramento" and "Sacramento Valley" used interchangeably or do they really mean different things?
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Old 06-20-2015, 06:45 AM
 
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I'm glad you are asking this question and that you are using the term Sacramento Valley because I think it should be used more often to differentiate itself from the San Joaquin Valley and the overused Central Valley.

"Sacramento" refers to the City of Sacramento and to the Sacramento region, and/or the Sacramento Metro Area.

The Sacramento Valley is extends from the foothills of the Klamath and Cascades mountains south to, and including, the Sacramento River Delta Region, the Sacramento River and Feather Rivers and all their tributaries such as the American River are within this watershed and large Valley.

This would include the lower foothills areas such as the city of Folsom, perhaps Cameron Park, El Dorado Hills, but any of the towns above the 1,000 ft. elevation such as Auburn or Placerville would not technically be part of the Sacramento Valley, but Auburn and Placerville which are foothill towns are part of the Sacramento Metro Area.
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Old 06-20-2015, 06:50 AM
 
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Is there a difference between using the term for the geographic location of "Sacramento" (the city) vs calling the region the "Sacramento Valley"? What do people consider to be the boundaries of Sacramento Valley? What would be the epicenter of the Sacramento Valley? Are the Sierra Foothills in the Auburn area considered to be part of the Sacramento Valley? Are the two terms "Sacramento" and "Sacramento Valley" used interchangeably or do they really mean different things?
Sac Valley is Redding to Stockton, Davis to Folsom. No Auburn is too high up in the foothills.
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Old 06-20-2015, 10:33 AM
 
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Sac Valley is Redding to Stockton, Davis to Folsom. No Auburn is too high up in the foothills.
Just to be clear, the Sacramento Valley extends to the southern part of Sacramento County such as Galt, but it does NOT include San Joaquin County.

Stockton is in San Joaquin County, NOT in the Sacramento Valley. Stockton is southeast of the Delta Region.

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Hilly areas of the Sacramento Valley near Sacramento would be Folsom, Roseville, El Dorado Hills, Cameron Park, Rocklin.

Other hilly areas of the Sacramento Valley: much of Redding, areas near Oroville, the Sutter Buttes Mountain chain are right smack in the middle of the Sacramento Valley. Remote areas both on the west and east side of the Sacramento Valley are hilly.
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Old 06-20-2015, 10:51 AM
 
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Just to be clear, the Sacramento Valley extends to the southern part of Sacramento County such as Galt, but it does NOT include San Joaquin County.
Source of this definitive statement? The definition of the Sacramento Valley is valley land that drains into the Sacramento River, AFAIK. Down by the Delta it gets quite fuzzy whether drainages go into the Sacramento, the San Joaquin or just mixed into both in the Delta. It is possible for lands in the far northern end of San Joaquin County to drain into the Sacramento River and thus be part of the Sacramento Valley.
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Old 06-20-2015, 10:23 PM
 
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Just to be clear Stockton is on and part of the Delta and has the Largest and Deepest inland Seaport West of the Mississippi.
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Old 06-20-2015, 10:26 PM
 
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Just to be clear Stockton is on and part of the Delta and has the Largest and Deepest inland Seaport West of the Mississippi.
Awesome!

but it's still not part of the Sacramento Valley, nor is it part of the Sacramento Metro, if fact, it's officially part of the Bay Area now.
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Old 06-20-2015, 10:32 PM
 
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Source of this definitive statement? The definition of the Sacramento Valley is valley land that drains into the Sacramento River, AFAIK. Down by the Delta it gets quite fuzzy whether drainages go into the Sacramento, the San Joaquin or just mixed into both in the Delta. It is possible for lands in the far northern end of San Joaquin County to drain into the Sacramento River and thus be part of the Sacramento Valley.
Sac Valley and San Joaquin Valley merge somewhere just north of Stockton. Which make since as the San Joaquin River enters Stockton and flows into the Delta at the Post of Stockton just east of the Cross town freeway. The once mighty Calaveras River flows out of the Central Sierra and into the Delta thru Stockton about 1-2 miles north of the San Joaquin river. So if Im guessing HWY12 through Lodi is probably the clearest demarcation between the 2 Valleys as the San Joaquin River stays just to the South of HWY 12 on its way into the Carquinez Straights.
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Old 06-21-2015, 03:33 AM
 
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The Sacramento Valley starts at the Mokelumne River. From that point north the natural watershed drained into the Sacramento River.

I think the Dept of Water Resources uses the Consumnes River and south as the San Joaquin Valley, now that levees and canals more or less cause those two rivers to drain in the San Joaquin River.


Most of what you hear is misunderstanding, confusion, convenience, or ignorance. The two valleys together are also called the Great Central Valley. For some reason people in the Bay Area think Central California refers to the Sacramento and San Joaquin Valleys. The term revers to the Central Coast and the San Joaquin Valley. The media uses the term Central Valley because the local television market extends well into the San Joaquin Valley, and includes Stanislaus County. And then, of course, the confusion comes from most people being ignorant of geography in general.
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Old 06-21-2015, 10:40 AM
 
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The Sacramento Valley starts at the Mokelumne River. From that point north the natural watershed drained into the Sacramento River.

Most of what you hear is misunderstanding, confusion, convenience, or ignorance. The two valleys together are also called the Great Central Valley. For some reason people in the Bay Area think Central California refers to the Sacramento and San Joaquin Valleys. The term revers to the Central Coast and the San Joaquin Valley. The media uses the term Central Valley because the local television market extends well into the San Joaquin Valley, and includes Stanislaus County. And then, of course, the confusion comes from most people being ignorant of geography in general.
Bingo. I agree this fits with my earlier post that the dividing line is just south of Galt, CA which is on the border of northern San Joaquin County line. (southern Sacramento County line)
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