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 Delta Protection Commission


We Are Committed to the Protection and Health of the Delta.  We protect, maintain, enhance and enrich the overall quality of the Delta environment and economy.  We do this with a focus on Agriculture,  Recreation and Natural Resources, while remaining mindful of the importance of the Delta to all Californians.


  • NEXT DELTA PROTECTION COMMISSION MEETING:  The Commission will meet next on Thursday, March 17, 2016 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at the Ryde Hotel.  Please check back for the agenda (posted 10 days before the meeting) and associated documents (generally posted a week before the meeting).
  • ANNUAL REPORT:  The Commission's 2015 Annual Report is now available online.
  • DELTA TUNNELS UPDATE:  The public comments received during the California WaterFix recirculation comment period have been posted here.  The Delta Protection Commission submitted a comment letter, as well as a request to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to extend the deadline for comments on their permit request for California WaterFix, and to hold public hearings in the Delta.  The USACE denied both requests.  You can see the USACE response with the Commission's reply, the previous comment letters on earlier versions of the proposal and more details here.      
  • DELTA LEADERSHIP PROGRAM: The Delta Protection Commission, in partnership with the Delta Regional Foundation, is launching the Delta Leadership Program, a pilot effort for sustained leadership development within the Delta community.  With the challenges facing the Delta today, it is clearly in the Delta’s interest to cultivate the best in our existing leadership and to assist in creating a pipeline of informed and energetic leaders for the Delta’s future. 
  • COMMUNITY ACTION PLANNING:  Do you live in Walnut Grove or Courtland?  The Commission has partnered with Sacramento County to put together a team of community development experts to help Delta communities preserve their heritage and values while improving their economic vitality. For more information, visit the Community Action Planning page.
  • WINTER 2016 DELTA VOICE: Find out about who should pay for Delta levees, why our perception of flood risk doesn't match the reality, why you should visit Big Break Regional Shoreline and more in the winter edition of Delta Voice.    
  • 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, Commissioners Piepho (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 entering our Delta waterways comes from sources on land. Each year, the Commission actively participates in the California Coastal/River/Creek Clean-up Day by hosting sites in each of the five Delta counties.

Land Use and Resource Management Plan

The Commission's Land Use and Resource Management Plan (Management Plan) was last updated on 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 that inform the Delta Stewardship Council's Delta Plan policies and recommendations related to socioeconomic sustainability of the Delta 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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