Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta National Heritage Area

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An environmental summary by the ENVS 560/L Watershed Systems class at CSUMB.


The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta National Heritage Area (Delta NHA) was designated by Congress in March 2019 and is being managed by the Delta Protection Commission (DPC), a state agency with Delta land use planning authority [1]. The Delta is among the most fertile agricultural regions in the world and its agricultural wealth has long attracted farmers from around the globe. Its connection to the Pacific Ocean has made it an important water highway and strategic naval location throughout history and today [2].


"To protect and enhance the unique cultural, recreational, and natural resources and agricultural values of the Delta as an evolving, living landscape." [2]


As part of the DPC's work on Delta heritage, they engage in public education, historic preservation, tourism and recreational development, visitor amenities, and economic development activities, including:

  • Delta Anthology, a collection of writings intended for high school and college readers as well as for those interested in the region’s rich culture and heritage
  • The Delta Heritage Courier electronic newsletter
  • The Delta Heritage Forum, a free event focused on efforts to preserve and tell Delta stories, opportunities for partnerships and collaboration, and networking
  • The Delta Narratives project, which prepares essays that connect the history of the Delta to important regional and national trends
  • A fourth-grade Delta Narrative Curriculum [3]


  • California Natural Resources Agency
  • State Lands Commission
  • Department of Food & Agriculture
  • California State Transportation Agency [4]



  1. California's First National Heritage Area. [Cited March 2021]
  2. 2.0 2.1 National Park Service. Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta National Heritage Area. [Cited March 2021]
  3. Delta Protection Commission. Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta National Heritage Area. [Cited March 2021]
  4. Delta Protection Commission. Local, State, and Federal Agencies. [Cited March 2021]


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