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.
- DELTA WATERWAY CLEANUP DAY 2014: Join the Delta Protection Commission on Saturday, September 20 to help keep our beautiful Delta clean. All the information is right here. Register today to help!
- 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.
- NEXT DELTA PROTECTION COMMISSION MEETING: The Commission will meet on September 25, 2014 at 5:30 PM at Discovery Bay. Please check this space in mid-September for further details.
- DELTA VOICE SUMMER 2014 NEWSLETTER: Delta Voice chats with artist Gregory Kondos, covers one of the latest BDCP developments, and more. See it here.
- UC DAVIS STUDY FINDS SATELLITE DATA RELIABLE FOR ESTIMATING WATER CONSUMPTION. The Commission recommends that use of this data be considered in order to reduce regulatory reporting burdens in the Delta region. Learn more and read the September 2013 report.
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.