Rep. Harder’s Delta National Heritage Area Act Signed into Law by President Trump

March 14, 2019
Press Release
Harder’s Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta National Heritage Area Act establishes the first-ever National Heritage Area in the state of California.

WASHINGTON, DC—Yesterday, Congressman Josh Harder (CA-10) announced that President Trump signed his Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta National Heritage Area Act (H.R. 357) into law as part of the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act (S. 47).

Harder’s Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta National Heritage Area Act establishes the first-ever National Heritage Area in the state of California. This designation is extremely important in that it authorizes $10 million in federal grant funding over 15 years to provide matching grants to local governments, historical societies, and community nonprofit organizations throughout the Delta. These grants will be essential for protecting the cultural heritage, environmental health, historical landmarks, and natural beauty of the Delta.

“The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is California’s most important water resource, a fundamental part of the story of our region,” said Harder. “Up to 25 million people rely on it for drinking water, and $36 billion in agricultural output begins here. This is a massive step forward in protecting the beauty and prosperity of our region. I want to thank Rep. Garamendi, Senator Feinstein, and all our co-sponsors for working in a bipartisan manner to make sure this piece of legislation is now the law of the land.”

The bill passed the Senate on February 12, passed the House on February 26, and has now been signed by President Trump.

The legislation (H.R.357) is endorsed by the Delta Stewardship Council, Delta Counties Coalition (Sacramento, Solano, Contra Costa, Yolo, San Joaquin), Delta Chambers and Visitor’s Bureau, Delta Protection Commission, National Parks Conservation Association, Restore the Delta, and Solano County

U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) has sponsored the Senate companion bill to Harder’s Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta National Heritage Area Act since 2010.

Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA03) authored the legislation and Reps. Jerry McNerney (D-CA09), Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA11), Mike Thompson (D-CA05), Doris O. Matsui (D-CA06), are each original cosponsors of H.R. 357.