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Delta Proposal Funded by DSC Wins National Honors

March and April 2012
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California State Parks’ proposal for expanding recreational opportunities in the Delta has won a prestigious national award.

The National Association of Recreation Resource Planners (NARRP) has presented its 2012 Excellence in Planning Award to California State Parks for its Recreation Proposal for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and Suisun Marsh. NARRP is the nation’s leading professional association of outdoor recreation and related planners.

State Parks’ proposal was prepared with a grant from the Delta Stewardship Council in response to Delta Reform Act provisions directing the agency to propose expanding the network of state recreation areas in the Delta, combining existing and new areas (Water Code Section 85301(c)(1). It recommends:

• Improvements to and, in some cases, expansion of California State Parks’ four Delta recreation areas and six other state parks on the edge of the Delta and Suisun Marsh region. Opportunities to create four new state parks to serve the region are identified.

• Ways to improve recreation at wildlife habitat areas, publicly owned levees, scenic highways, state recreational trails, and other public lands.

• Methods to coordinate recreation and tourism efforts.

• Cooperation between state, local and federal agencies, visitor-serving businesses, and non-profit organizations.

birdThe proposal was been submitted to the Delta Protection Commission to inform its Economic Sustainability Plan.

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To view State Parks’ press release, click here.

To view the Recreational Proposal, click here.

To view the Economic Sustainability Plan, click here.

Coequal goals

The Delta Stewardship Council was created in legislation to achieve the state mandated coequal goals for the Delta. "'Coequal goals' means the two goals of providing a more reliable water supply for California and protecting, restoring, and enhancing the Delta ecosystem. The coequal goals shall be achieved in a manner that protects and enhances the unique cultural, recreational, natural resource, and agricultural values of the Delta as an evolving place." (CA Water Code §85054)