Photoblog: The Delta
California is not shy of controversy, particularly when it comes to water. One only has to utter the words “the Delta” and many decade-long debates come to mind. Many recent discussions and impending decisions regarding the Delta have brought this natural resource back into the spotlight.
But, what exactly is the Delta?
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The Delta is the largest estuary on the west coast, home to half a million residents, many of whom live in small and historic communities.
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The Delta also produces approximately $500 million of agricultural products and is habitat to hundreds of species of wildlife, including the threatened Delta smelt.
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The Delta also serves as the distribution hub for many of California’s water systems.[caption id="attachment_1177" align="aligncenter" width="306" caption="Canal at the Jones Pumping Plant"][/caption]
The Delta is a place where engineering feats allow California to transport water across the state.
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To local governments the Delta is a place, a community made up of multiple different cities and counties, serving also as a critical region of statewide importance encompassing vital water, transportation, energy, agriculture and economic interests.
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