Updated Layperson’s Guide Explores Vital Role Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Plays For State’s Water, Ecology & Farms
Newly updated, the tenth edition of the Guide offers a "mini-textbook" to history, key issues and challenges
Our popular Layperson’s Guide to the Delta has just been updated to reflect the latest information about efforts to reconcile ecosystem needs of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta with its role as California’s vital water delivery hub as well as its place as an important agricultural region and a popular recreation destination.
The Delta is the largest freshwater tidal estuary on the West Coast and is a unique resource and distinct feature of Northern California’s landscape. The water that flows through the Delta provides a significant portion of drinking water for more than 29 million Californians, serves a $50 billion agricultural industry, is home to native and nonnative plants and animals and is a crucial part of the state’s two largest surface water delivery systems – the State Water Project and the federal Central Valley Project.
Our 24-page Layperson’s Guide covers the history of the Delta, its role in the state’s water system, and its many complex and competing issues with sections on water quality, levees and flood risk, salinity and agricultural drainage, invasive species, fish and wildlife, litigation and water distribution.
Also included are discussions on the Bay-Delta Water Quality Control Plan, Delta conveyance, a glossary of common terms and information on the many state and federal agencies involved in Delta issues.
The Layperson’s Guide to the Delta is part of the Foundation’s series of Layperson’s Guides that offer readers an easy-to-understand, broad overview and perspective on a variety of important water topics. They are available as a set or individually.