Delta Heritage

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The Commission manages the newly established Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta National Heritage Area and promotes the Delta’s heritage and role in the national story through public education, historic preservation, tourism and recreation development, visitor amenities, and economic development activities.

Delta Heritage News

  • President Signs Bill Establishing Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta National Heritage Area: On March 12, 2019, President Trump signed the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act, a large public lands bill that includes the establishment of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta National Heritage Area (NHA). The Commission will be the local coordinating entity for the Delta NHA and has three years to prepare a management plan. See the press release and the Delta National Heritage Area webpage for more information.
  • Save the Date for the Delta Heritage Forum – Thursday, June 6, 2019: Join us for a full day event focused on efforts to preserve and tell Delta stories, opportunities for partnerships and collaboration, and networking. Invitees will include cultural organizations, federal, state, and local officials, business and civic organizations, and those interested in Delta heritage. More updates on the Delta Heritage Forum will be available on the Forum webpage.
  • Delta Anthology: The Delta Protection Commission is currently collecting historical and cultural materials on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Selections and excerpts from these materials may be published in an anthology for high school and college readers as well as for those interested in learning more about this region’s rich culture and heritage. The deadline for submissions has been extended to September 30, 2019. See the Delta Anthology page for more information.
  • Winter 2019 Delta Voice (PDF): This special “People of the Delta” edition includes those leading the way on the Dutch Slough Tidal Marsh Restoration Project, Steve Mello of Mello Farms, metal artisans Roger Berry and Patrick Daniel, water tour operators Emil Gagliardi of Sacramento River Cruise & Wine Tours and Kathy Bunton of Delta Kayak Adventures. Plus, a highlight on Gilbert “Gil” Labrie!
  • Spring 2018 Delta Voice (PDF): In this Special Heritage Edition of Delta Voice we shared a few threads from the Delta’s heritage tapestry including the history of Filipino Americans in the Delta, the life and work of Erle Stanley Gardner, recent preservation projects, Ryde Hotel’s unique story, and a look back at the time of the steamers through the lens of historic sunken vessels.


History of the Program

The 2009 Delta Reform Act charged the Commission with developing a proposal to protect, enhance, and sustain the unique cultural, historical, recreational, agricultural, and economic values of the Delta as an evolving place (Water Code section 85301). The proposal included a plan to establish state and federal designation of the Delta as a place of special significance, which may include application for a federal designation of the Delta as a National Heritage Area (NHA).

Pending Congressional designation of a Delta NHA, the Commission embarked on the Delta Heritage Area Initiative to advance and elevate recognition of the Delta’s unique values. The Delta NHA was established on March 12, 2019.