The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta exists in the confluence of many things.
It is where California’s two largest rivers meet it’s most famous bay. It’s a place that exists in some distant past while being thrust into an uncertain future. At a time when the state is desperate for water the Delta is at the center of the debate and in many ways is the key to the unclear future of water security in the state. As politicians and big cities act out a tug-of-war over the precious resource, the Delta maintains a quiet poise only small towns know.
For decades the Delta has existed in this quiet space, largely unnoticed by the rest of the world. As neighboring cities expand to encroach on the edges of farming towns; as overuse and pollution take its toll on the environment the region stands to lose its identity and spirit.
Behind the Levees captures these quiet spaces where man and nature meet, at a time that may never exists like this again.
Behind the Levees was funded in part by a grant from the National Geographic Society, and from donations made through Kickstarter.com.