Delta Protection Commission

The mission of the Delta Protection Commission is to adaptively protect, maintain, and where possible, enhance and restore the overall quality of the Delta environment consistent with the Delta Protection Act and the Land Use and Resource Management Plan for the Primary Zone. This includes, but is not limited to, agriculture, wildlife habitat, and recreational activities. The goal of the Commission is to ensure orderly, balanced conservation and development of Delta land resources and improved flood protection.


  • NEXT DELTA PROTECTION COMMISSION MEETING: The Commission will meet next on Thursday, September 17, 2015 in Walnut Grove. Please check back in early September for the agenda and supporting documents.
  • DELTA PROTECTION ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING: The Delta Protection Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, September 8th at 5:30 PM at the Walnut Grove Library.
  • PROP 1. GRANT PROPOSALS INVITED: The Delta Conservancy is now accepting concept proposals for its Ecosystem Restoration and Water Quality Grant Program. The concept solicitation notice, with full details on eligibility requirements and application deadlines, can be downloaded from the Conservancy website. Questions should be directed to the Conservancy.
  • DELTA TUNNELS UPDATE: The Delta Protection Commission has responded to the release of the new California WaterFix plan with a letter requesting an extension to the October 30, 2015 comment deadline.Link here to see the EIR/EIS document and public meeting schedules. See the Commission's responses to earlier versions of the proposal and more details here.
  • SUMMER 2015 DELTA VOICE: Tourism market research with a Delta angle, blueberries, the fascinating Dai Loy Museum and much more in the summer edition of Delta Voice.
  • DROUGHT BARRIERS:Department of Water Resources has canceled plans for north Delta drought barriers and is building only one barrier, in West False River. See more information on the Department of Water Resources website. Read the Commission's comment letters to the Department of Water Resources and to the Army Corps of Engineers on the previous version of the proposed drought barriers.
  • AQUATIC WEEDS: The California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways is issuing updates on their ongoing aquatic weed control programs. Delta residents and businesses are encouraged to sign up for their mailings to stay informed. Also, in 2014, CommissionersPiepho (Contra Costa County) and Ruhstaller (San Joaquin County) prepared and submitted a white paper on invasive aquatic weeds to the Delta Plan Interagency Implementation Committee. Read it here.
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The Great California Delta Trail

Recognizing the unique natural resources of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the growing demand for public access to these resources, and the increasing recognition of the importance of outdoor recreation, the Governor signed Senate Bill 1556 (Senator Torlakson) supporting the creation of a Delta Trail network. The DPC has been mandated to facilitate and complete the feasibility and planning process for the Trail.

Abandoned Vessel Removal

The DPC has facilitated discussions among the five Delta counties and other partners to address the growing environmental and enforcement problems of abandoned vessels in the Delta.

Coastal and Delta Waterway Cleanup

80% of the trash enteringourDelta waterwayscomes from sources on land. Each year, the Commission actively participates in the California Coastal/River/Creek Clean-up Day by hosting sites in each ofthe five Delta counties.

Land Use and Resource Management Plan

The Commission's Land Use and Resource Management Plan (Management Plan) was last updatedon February 25, 2010. The Management Plan outlines the long-term land use requirements for the Primary Zone of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

National Heritage Area Designation

The 2009 Delta Reform Act charged the Commission with developing a proposal to protect, enhance, and sustain the unique cultural, historical, recreational, agricultural, and economic values of the Delta as an evolving place-- which resulted in the Commission's National Heritage Area (NHA) Feasibility Study. NHAs tell nationally important stories, through both the physical features that remain and the traditions that have evolved within them.Learn more about the current status.

Economic Sustainability

The 2012 Economic Sustainability Plan (ESP)includes information and recommendations thatinform the Delta Stewardship Council'sDelta Plan policies and recommendations related to socioeconomic sustainability of theDelta region.

Delta Voice

Keep current on Delta programs and initiatives with the Commission newsletter, Delta Voice, as well as other Delta e-newsletters.

Delta Protection Advisory Committee

See the latest activities of the Delta Protection Advisory Committee,established in the Delta Reform Act, Public Resources Code section 29753.

Delta Working Landscapes

The project promotes ways to assist farmers in integrating agricultural activities with ecosystem restoration. The Commission has a collaborative partnership with Ducks Unlimited, Hart Restoration Inc., and local landowners.

Delta Emergency Response & Preparedness

In collaboration with the Governor's Office of Emergency Services and the Delta Counties Emergency Response Team, the Delta Protection Commission is facilitating Delta-wide coordination and planning for effective emergency preparedness and response across jurisdictional boundaries.

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