The San Joaquin Valley is one of the world’s most productive agricultural regions, is a vital link in California’s complex water delivery and transportation systems, and provides important habitat to protect biodiversity. Growth, development patterns, and climate, however, pose ongoing challenges to this unique region. In spite of these challenges, Valley leaders can work together to consider the regional context of local decisions, and develop a path forward that is both economically and environmentally sustainable.
The San Joaquin Valley Greenprint is a voluntary, stakeholder-driven project that provides agricultural, water, and environmental leaders with improved planning data and fosters regional collaboration on strategies that prioritize resource sustainability while enhancing economic prosperity. It focuses on the challenges and opportunities in non-urban land use planning, and how those rural decisions shape the region’s economy and environment.
The SJV Greenprint provides the following:
1. MAP DATABASE: The SJV Greenprint has compiled more than 100 maps that profile the agricultural, water and ecological resources of the San Joaquin Valley. The maps are presented in an interactive, easy-to-use, online tool that invites users to display spatial relationships between agriculture, water, and other resources. The maps can also be downloaded.
2. REGIONAL PLANNING FORUMS: The SJV Greenprint provides opportunities for elected officials, agencies, local business leaders, and other stakeholders in agriculture, water, natural diversity, mining, and energy production to collaborate through voluntary, multi-county forums on issues that affect the health of the Valley as a whole, while recognizing its unique parts.
3. CONSERVATION VISION: The SJV Greenprint convenes a broad range of stakeholders to identify strategies and priorities for stewarding and conserving the Valley’s precious and finite resources: agriculture, water, and biodiversity. This “vision” will be displayed in maps and documents that can support decision-makers as they assess priorities, make decisions, and plan for the Valley’s long-term sustainability.Image Credit: copyright Gina Collecchia 2013, licensed CC BY-NC-ND 2.0, https://www.flickr.com/photos/recphoto/8505697502/ Modified by cropping