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, July 16, 2015 in Oakley. Please check back in early July for the meeting agenda and documents.
- CANCELED: DELTA PROTECTION ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING The Delta Protection Advisory Committee meeting on Monday, June 29th has been postponed until late July or early August.
- DELTA TUNNELS UPDATE: On April 30th, Governor Brown unveiled a new proposal as an alternative to the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP). This alternative separates the proposed conveyance facility (tunnels) and habitat restoration measures into two separate efforts, now called California WaterFix and California EcoRestore. For more information, see the Governor's press release, visit the California WaterFix website or see the California EcoRestore factsheet. See the Commission's responses to earlier versions of the proposal and more details here.
- 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, 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.
- 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.
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 Commission 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 Commission 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 Delta Protection Commission is facilitating Delta-wide coordination and planning for effective emergency preparedness and response across jurisdictional boundaries.