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Delta Living/Economy

  • Windsurfing: Windsurfing is a popular recreational pasttime in the Delta.    Boat Marina: The Delta is home to 300 marinas used by 500,000 boaters annually.    Delta Beach: The Delta's recreation resources include 290 shoreline recreation areas.    Delta Fishing: A fisherman awaits a prized catch one of numerous Delta fish species, including salmon, striped bass and steelhead trout.    Discovery Bay Homes: The South Delta community of Discovery Bay is an example of urban growth in the region.    Paintersville Bridge: One of many scenic tow bridges in the Delta that allow for crossing of its many water channels.    Rice Fields: Birds fly over flooded rice fields in the Delta, which is part of the Pacific Flyway.    Tomato Harvesting: Tomatoes are a major crop in the Delta. Other important Delta crops are corn, grain, hay, alfalfa, asparagus, safflower, pears and wine grapes.    Tomato Processing: Agriculture is the major economic driver in the Delta and the quality of water Delta farmers use for irrigation is a major concern now and into the future.

Delta Nature

  • Chinook Salmon: The Delta is a significant crossroads for Chinook salmon as they make their way from the Pacific Ocean to their spawning grounds in the Sierra Nevada.    Delta Smelt: The threatened Delta smelt has long been considered a bellwether for the health of the Bay-Delta estuary. 
   Geese in the Delta: The Delta is home to 225 different bird species.    Pelicans in Delta: The Delta's wildlife is in close proximity to man. Sacramento, Stockton and West Sacramento are at least partly within the Delta.    Flock of Birds: The Delta is an important habitat along the Pacific Flyway and is a frequent stopping point for large flocks of migrating birds.

Delta Threats

  • Flooding1: A levee break in 1986 led to the flooding of the towns of Linda and Olivehurst.    Flooding2: Scientists and climatologists project that climate change will make the threat of flooding less predictable and more frequent.    Invasive Water Hyacinth: Water hyacinths are just one of many undesirable invasive species that have been introduced to the Delta, making it among the most invaded estuaries in the world.    Levee Break1: In June 2004, a levee of Jones Tract broke unexpectedly on a still, sunny day, heightening concern over levee fragility.   
    Levee Break2: Repairs to the Jones Tract levee and pumping water from its interior rose to a cost of $100 million, underscoring the concern over levee safety and maintenance.    Levee Erosion: Crews work to stop the process of erosion on an affected levee. 
Sandbagging levee: Sandbagging crews are a common site in the Delta during winter flood threats.