Delta as Place

The Delta Reform Act emphasizes that:  “the basic goals of the state for the Delta are the following: (a) Achieve the two coequal goals of providing a more reliable water supply for California and protecting, restoring, and enhancing the Delta ecosystem. The coequal goals shall be achieved in a manner that protects and enhances the unique cultural, recreational, natural resource, and agricultural values of the Delta as an evolving place.”  (Resources Code § 29702)

This recognizes that the Delta, in addition to being California’s water hub and a fragile and crucially important ecosystem, is also a PLACE –  a place for people, homes and businesses, and a place filled with human history, cultural richness and diversity.

Delta As Place Interagency Working Group

In recognition of this Delta As Place concept, the acknowledgement of the unique values of the Delta, the Commission has spearheaded the Delta as Place Interagency Working Group.

The purpose of the Delta as Place Interagency Working Group is to facilitate implementation of “Delta as Place” policies and recommendations identified in the Delta Plan and to advance Delta values. The Working Group focuses on coordinating activities in agricultural sustainability, culture, economic development, energy and transportation infrastructure, recreation, and subsidence reversal/carbon markets across federal, State, and local agencies.

Membership is comprised of managers and technical staff from government entities with conservation, infrastructure, land management, or regulatory responsibilities in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and Suisun Marsh, or potential research and funding roles.  Meetings are held three times a year, and focus on efforts to implement “Delta as Place” recommendations, highlighting accomplishments and making the most of opportunities to collaborate and innovate on actions to protect and enhance “Delta as Place.”

Working Group Meetings

"Delta as Place" Bibliography

The Commission has developed a Delta As Place Bibliography, which is continually updated with suggestions from the public, as a means to preserve stories of the region’s unique history, cultures, and communities.   Your contributions are of great  value – please email any recommendations.