The Sinking Delta

Most of the Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta has been reclaimed for agricultural use, which has led to subsided land. View this segment to learn

  • about the tidal freshwater marshes that used to exist in the Delta.
  • how the construction of levees has altered the Delta.
  • how reclamation of the marshes led to subsidence of the land.
  • why subsided land makes levees prone to break.

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