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December 7 Brown Bag Seminar - The Delta as Place: Yesterday and Today

Monday, Dec. 7, 2015

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.


Park Tower Building
2nd Floor Conference Room
980 Ninth St., Sacramento, CA 95814


Dr. Gregg Camfield, Vincent Hillyer Professor of Literature, University of California, Merced


As transportation nodes, cities at the mouths of deltas often become cultural centers. In contrast to other deltas, however, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta lacks cultural prominence, a hurdle that may be keeping the largest estuary on the West Coast of the Americas from becoming a notable travel and tourist destination.


In this segment of the “Delta Narratives” project, Dr. Gregg Camfield will explore how historical literature may have affected the perception of the Delta as a vibrant community, setting the stage for what he believes is a region that is both an undiscovered jewel and culturally inconspicuous. Dr. Camfield will discuss his theory using as his guides both the evolutionary history of the region and, more importantly, the writings of one George Horatio Derby, a 19th Century lieutenant in the Army Corps of Engineers and an early California humorist.


The “Delta Narratives” project is funded by the Delta Protection Commission. For more information on the Delta Narratives Project, visit


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Click below to view the video from the seminar.


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)