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. Check back for the agenda and relevant documents in early May.
- DWR EMERGENCY DROUGHT BARRIERS: On March 18, the Commission submitted comments on DWR's proposed Delta Emergency Drought Barriers Project. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is accepting comments until March 30 on the permit for the drought barriers that DWR is required to obtain and concerned citizens are encouraged to submit their own comments.
- 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.
- 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: Make a difference with a great agency! DPC is looking for an Executive Secretary I/II to fill the permanent position of Clerk to the Commission. See the job description and apply now, the application deadline is April 9, 2015.
- 2014 ANNUAL REPORT: Read the Commission's annual report, provided to the Governor and the Legislature as required by Public Resources Code Section 29780.
- 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: The Commission submitted its comments July 24, 2014. See the letter and 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Keep current on Delta programs and initiatives with the DPC's newsletter, Delta Voice, as well as other Delta e-newsletters.
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.
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.