Delta Declared New National Heritage Area

On March 12, President Trump signed the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta National Heritage Area Act (HR 357) into law as part of a larger conservation package. The legislation, sponsored by Congressman John Garamendi, establishes the first National Heritage Area in California’s history. The passage of this legislation advances Task 32-6 in the Estuary Blueprint:

Task 32-6: Identify and expand funds available to partners at all levels to implement the CCMP. This includes tracking, commenting, and sharing information on existing and emerging grant programs, legislation, and other funding mechanisms.

The National Heritage Area designation authorizes $10 million in federal grant funding over 15 years to provide matching grants to local governments, historical societies, and community nonprofit organizations throughout the Delta. This funding will support cultural and historical preservation and environmental conservation projects under a locally developed management plan, coordinated by the Delta Protection Commission.

Congressman Garamendi has put this legislation forward, along with comparable legislation by Senator Dianne Feinstein, since 2010. As Garamendi stated in his press release, “We must safeguard this iconic working landscape and the most productive watershed in the western United States, and I am pleased that my legislation has been signed into law to make that possible.” The full text of the legislation is available here.