The Delta, with its deep peat soils and wealth of fresh water, represents only 4% of the cultivated farmland in California – but over 80% of Delta farmland is classified Prime by the USDA, the richest soil in the State.  Agriculture was the reason for the Delta’s original reclamation, and remains a crucial economic engine for the region. The Delta Protection Commission works to conserve agricultural land and economically sustainable agricultural operations in the Delta. Activities include support for Rural-Urban Connection Strategies (RUCS) project efforts and research into methods to streamline regulatory requirements, protecting agricultural lands from inappropriate development, and assistance for wildlife-friendly farming and agriculture-friendly habitat restoration.

Rural-Urban Connection Strategies (RUCS)

Rural-Urban Connection Strategies (RUCS) is an analysis pioneered by the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) to look at a region’s growth and sustainability objectives from a rural perspective, facilitating the development of economic and environmental sustainability strategies for rural areas.

In the 2012 Economic Sustainability Plan, the Commission identified the rising demand for locally grown food as an opportunity for Delta counties to exploit the proximity of their agricultural regions to the dense urban populations of Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area, and maximize their potential as agricultural suppliers in a local food system.  The Commission contracted separately with SACOG and the Contra Costa County Department of Conservation and Development on RUCS projects.