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, November 19, 2015 in Stockton. The agenda will be posted in early November, and supporting documents will be made available a week before the meeting date.
  • DELTA PROTECTION COMMISSION SUBCOMMITTEE MEETING: A meeting of the Commission Subcommittee on the Delta Flood Risk Management Assessment District Feasibility Study is scheduled for Tuesday, October 13th at 11:00 AM at the California State Transportation Agency offices in downtown Sacramento. The public is welcome to attend.
  • DPAC MEETING: The Delta Protection Advisory Committee will meet October 8, 2015 at the Walnut Grove Presbyterian Church. Click here for the revised agenda.
  • DELTA FLOOD SAFETY FAIR:Bring the whole family to the Delta Flood Safety Fair, on Saturday, October 24th from noon to 4 PM at the Delta Farmers' Market on Highway 12 and Highway 160, at the Rio Vista Bridge. Learn about keeping your home and family safe in the event of a flood, meet first responders and aid organizations, and enjoy food, music and winetasting. There will be events for the kids as well - please join Commission staff and Discover the Delta for a fun and educational day!
  • DELTA TUNNELS UPDATE: The Delta Protection Commission has responded to the release of the new California WaterFix plan with a letter requesting an extension to the October 30, 2015 comment deadline.Link here to see the EIR/EIS document and public meeting schedules. Friends of the is maintaining a library of all comment letters on their website, and you can see the Commission's responses to earlier versions of the proposal and more details here.
  • FALL 2015 DELTA VOICE: What's going on in Hood? What's harvesting now in the Delta? What's happening this weekend...and much more in the autumn 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, 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.
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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 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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