Why is the Delta Important?

Crates of pears in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
Photo by ZoArt Photography

It is a unique natural resource of local, state, and national significance and possesses a distinct natural, agricultural, and cultural heritage.

It provides water to more than 25 million Californians and 3 million acres of agricultural land.

It hosts the largest estuary on the West Coast of North and South America. The Suisun Marsh is the largest contiguous brackish water marsh on the West Coast of North America and a critical part of the Bay-Delta estuary system.

It is home to more than 750 species of plants and wildlife as well as more than 55 species of fish.

The silhouettes of an adult and two children walking in the Delta after sunset.
Photo by ZoArt Photography

It provides migratory waterfowl an important stop on the Pacific Flyway (one of the major North American migration routes for birds).

It contains more than 500,000 acres of agricultural land that provides food for worldwide distribution.

It is home to more than 500,000 people and 200,000 jobs and contributes over $35 billion to the state’s economy.

It is a world-class recreational destination that attracts nearly 12 million visitors per year.