Delta Protection Commission
THE MISSION OF THE 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, May 19, 2016 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM in Isleton. Please check back in early May for the agenda. Any additional documents are posted one week before the meeting.
- SEEKING NEW TEAM MEMBERS: The Delta Protection Commission is currently seeking an Office Technician (Typing) to coordinate office functions and serve as Commission Clerk; the filing deadline is May 4, 2016 and the job listing can be found here. There is also a limited-term appointment for a Bay-Delta Program Manager II to supervise program planning and implementation activities for the Commission; the position will be open until filled and the job listing is available here.
- DELTA PROTECTION ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING: The Delta Protection Advisory Committee will meet on Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 5:30 PM in Walnut Grove. See the agenda.
- COMMISSION MEETINGS AUDIO NOW ONLINE: Audio from the Delta Protection Commission's bimonthly meetings is now online, beginning with March 17, 2016. You can review all postings on our YouTube channel, or link to pertinent sections from the current year meeting agendae.
- STATE LEADERSHIP ACCOUNTABILITY ACT (SLAA) REPORT: The State Leadership Accountability Act requires that State agencies review internal controls and monitoring processes as part of their management practices. The biennial report for the Delta Protection Commission is located here.
- COMMUNITY ACTION PLANNING: Community Action Planning moves to Clarksburg - three Community Action Planning workshops will be held in Clarksburg on April 19, May 3 and June 7, 2016. For more information, visit the Community Action Planning page.
- DELTA LEADERSHIP PROGRAM: The Delta Protection Commission, in partnership with the Delta Regional Foundation, is launching the Delta Leadership Program, a pilot effort for sustained leadership development within the Delta community. With the challenges facing the Delta today, it is clearly in the Delta’s interest to cultivate the best in our existing leadership and to assist in creating a pipeline of informed and energetic leaders for the Delta’s future.
- SPRING 2016 DELTA VOICE: We discuss geocaching in the Delta, Jack London's Delta adventures, Delta cherries and more in the spring edition of Delta Voice.
- DELTA TUNNELS UPDATE: The public comments received during the California WaterFix recirculation comment period have been posted here. The Delta Protection Commission submitted a comment letter, as well as a request to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to extend the deadline for comments on their permit request for California WaterFix, and to hold public hearings in the Delta. The USACE denied both requests. You can see the USACE response with the Commission's reply, the previous comment letters on earlier versions of the proposal and more details here.
- 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.
Recognizing the unique natural resources of the 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.
Wildlife Friendly Farming
The Commission promotes ways to assist farmers in integrating agricultural activities with ecosystem restoration through projects involving collaborative partnerships 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.