This Delta Plan chapter describes the unique values that distinguish the Sacramento- San Joaquin Delta (Delta) and make it a special region. It also outlines the Delta Stewardship Council five core strategies for protecting and enhancing these values:
Designate the Delta as a special place worthy of national and state attention
Plan to protect the Delta’s lands and communities
Maintain Delta agriculture as a primary land use, a food source, a key economic sector, and a way of life
Encourage recreation and tourism that allow visitors to enjoy and appreciate the Delta, and that contribute to its economy
Sustain a vital Delta economy that includes a mix of agriculture, tourism, recreation, commercial and other industries, and vital components of state and regional infrastructure
The two policies and 19 recommendations to carry out these strategies are found at the end of the chapter. Protecting the Delta as a place also depends on the strategies to reduce flood and other risks to the Delta that are described in Chapter 7.