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, March 19, 2015 in Rio Vista. Check back for the agenda and relevant documents in early March.
  • NEXT DPAC MEETING: The Delta Protection Advisory Committee will meet on Wednesday, March 4 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at the Walnut Grove Library. Download the agenda.
  • AQUATIC WEEDS: Last year 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.
  • DELTA CALENDARS AVAILABLE: Our Delta Flood Preparedness Calendars are packed with useful preparedness information and wonderful Delta photography.Get yours here.
  • DELTA VOICE: Learn about the fascinating Haggin Museum in Stockton, how to prepare delicious Delta Belgian Endive, and much more in the new Winter 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.
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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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