Regional Economy

Economic Sustainability Plan

The 2009 Delta Reform Act (Public Resources Code section 29759) requires the Commission to prepare an Economic Sustainability Plan (ESP) for the Delta region. The Commission adopted the ESP in January 2012. It includes information about the Delta’s agricultural and recreation economy, levees, public safety, and the impacts of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan and isolated conveyance (as proposed at that time). The Commission used the ESP to develop a set of recommendations that informed the Delta Stewardship Council’s Delta Plan policies concerning the socioeconomic sustainability of the Delta region.

The Commission has updated two chapters of the ESP, gathering the most current data on agriculture and recreation.

Recreation Chapter Update Draft (2020)

Initiated in 2019, the Recreation and Tourism section update includes a review of recreation and tourism studies completed after 2012 and the results of five focus groups held between March and April 2020. A draft of the updated chapter includes best available current data, analysis of visitation, economic activity, and emerging recreation and tourism trends.

Commission staff received input on the draft update in December 2020 and January 2021 via virtual public workshops. The videos and meeting summaries from those workshops will be available soon.

Agriculture Chapter Update
Coming soon.

Socioeconomic Indicators for the Delta

The Socioeconomic Indicators Report provides a quantitative snapshot for benchmarking policy progress in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta region. The data presented offers a set of statistical indicators that can be replicated on a continual basis to monitor and track the socioeconomic health and vitality of the Delta region.


For more information contact Virginia Gardiner.