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California Bay Delta


Noteworthy for its agricultural productivity, ecological diversity, and complexity, the Bay Delta is one of the largest and most complex water delivery systems in the nation. The Sacramento River and San Joaquin River meet in the Delta, which provides water to one of the most significant estuary ecosystems in the United States and provides drinking water to 25 million Californians. The Bay Delta offers habitat to 55 species of fish and 750 species of plants and wildlife.

With the CCA designation, USDA will build on existing strong partnerships in the Bay Delta to accelerate conservation needed in the region to maintain agricultural production while improving water quality, conserving water resources, and restoring wetland and other wildlife habitat.

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CCA Priorities

Partners interested in submitting projects for consideration within the California Bay Delta CCA should consider the overall goal of the CCA and priority resource concerns. CCA project proposals that align with NRCS priorities may rank higher in the evaluation of proposals.

Overall Goal:Promote water conservation, improve water quality and restore wildlife habitat throughout the Bay Delta region.

Resource Concern Priorities

Water Quality Degradation: Excess nutrients and pesticides in surface and ground waters; excessive sediment in surface waters

Insufficient Water: Inefficient use of irrigation water

Inadequate Habitat for Fish and Wildlife: Habitat degradation

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