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, May 21, 2015 in Courtland. Please follow this link to the meeting agenda and documents.
  • DELTA TOURISM MARKET RESEARCHPRESENTATION: The Commission has funded marketing research on Delta tourism, and will be presenting the results on Wednesday, May 20, at 6:00 PM at the Walnut Grove Library. Everyone with an interest in Delta Tourism is welcome to attend. Please see the downloadable flyer for more information.
  • DROUGHT BARRIERS: Department of Water Resources hasrevised the location for the proposed north Delta drought barriers and submitted a revised permit application to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers;comments are due April 22.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.
  • CONFLICT OF INTEREST CODE: Notice is hereby given that the Delta Protection Commission intends to amend its Conflict of Interest Code. The public comment period is open from April 3 to May 18, 2015. For more details, see the Notice and the Amended Code.
  • DELTA PROTECTION COMMISSION IS HIRING: The Delta Protection Commission is looking for a Senior Environmental Planner to join our West Sacramento-based team. If you are interested or know someone who might be, please see the job announcement and forward it along! The position will be open until filled.
  • SPRING 2015 DELTA VOICE: Learn about Delta asparagus, how artists are coming together to increase appreciation for the Delta, and much more in the new Spring 2015 edition of Delta Voice.
  • BDCP UPDATE: A library of BDCP Comment Letters has been collected and can now be viewed online. The Commission submitted its comments on July 24, 2014 with a letter and an associated table; for more details, see DPC's related correspondence, and the BDCP webpage.
  • PHOTO SIMULATIONS OF BDCP IMPACT: The Department of Water Resources has developed a presentation in response to the photo simulations the Commission released in May. See it here. To see the photo simulations of potential impacts developed by the Commission, check out the animation on YouTube and the first, second and third layouts.
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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 DPC's 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 DPC 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 DPC is facilitating Delta-wide coordination and planning for effective emergency preparedness and response across jurisdictional boundaries.

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