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Supervisor Reagan testifies on Capitol Hill

March 7, 2012




Supervisor Mike Reagan testified today before a U.S. Senate subcommittee to present the County's support for establishing a Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta National Heritage Area.

"I am pleased to have been able to help senators from all across the nation understand just how important and valuable the Delta is as a resource," said Supervisor Reagan following his testimony.

If passed the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta National Heritage Area Establishment Act (S. 29) could provide federal financial resources to assist in marketing, economic development, educational outreach and cultural heritage that will further emphasize and confirm that the Delta region is a rare and unique place in our nation.  

Preservation and respect of the Delta has been a cornerstone of the Delta Counties Coalition’s efforts in the ongoing discussions on the use of the Delta to address California’s water needs.

Supervisor Reagan testified in support of the bill at the request of Senator Dianne Feinstein.  Reagan was in Washington, D.C. advocating on behalf of the County before Congress during the National Association of Counties annual legislative conference. Supervisor Linda Seifert, County Administrator Birgitta Corsello and Health and Social Services Director Patrick Duterte also participated in the NACo conference.

National Heritage Areas are designated by Congress as places where natural, cultural and historic resources combine to form a cohesive, nationally important landscape.

The program is administered by the National Parks Service and each heritage area is typically managed by a state or local entity.  The Delta Protection Commission would be the local managing entity. Since 1984, Congress has designated 49 heritage areas, none of which are in California.

“We are hopeful that establishment of a National Heritage Area will provide further enlightenment and recognition of the Delta as a unique and valued place; and that studies provide a better understanding of its socio-economic complexity; and can serve as a catalyst for investing in its future,” Supervisor Reagan said in his testimony.

One of the prerequisites for the heritage designation is the completion of a feasibility study.  The Delta Protection Commission released a draft study was released in January.  The Commission anticipates reviewing the final report later this spring.

For information about the local efforts to establish a National Heritage Area go to
http://www.delta.ca.gov/heritage.htm.