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.


  • PUBLIC WORKSHOP ON BDCP: April 28, 2014 in Walnut Grove. Help the DPC as it prepares comments on the BDCP and EIR/EIS. See the flier.
  • BAY DELTA CONSERVATION PLAN (BDCP) PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD: December 13, 2013 to June 13, 2014. For more details, see DPC's related correspondence, and the BDCP webpage.
  • NEXT DELTA PROTECTION COMMISSION MEETING: May 22, 2014 at 5 pm in Walnut Grove. Check back for the agenda.
  • DELTA MARKETING WORKSHOP: As part of the Delta Branding and Marketing Project, the DPC and the Delta Conservancy are offering a second Marketing Your Delta Business workshop on May 6. See the flier.
  • DELTA VOICE SPRING 2014 NEWSLETTER: Want to learn more about Delta Branding, Delta Trails, and a recently compiled Delta Booklist? Check out the most recent issue of Delta Voice!
  • HOLLAND UNION GAKUEN CHARRETTE: On May 30, 2014, the Delta Protection Commission with Preserving California's Japantowns, will be hosting a Planning Charrette to explore renewal and reuse of a historic Japanese Language School in Clarksburg. For more information, please see the flier.
  • DELTA BRANDING KICKS OFF: The DPC and the Delta Conservancy havejoined forcesto develop a Delta Brand, with work beginning in January 2014. The public is invited to participate. Learn more about related events and the Commission's Delta Heritage Area Initiative (DelHAI).
  • 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.
  • ERIK VINK JOINS DPC AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR. The DPC is pleased to announce thatErik Vink will serve as DPC's Executive Director, effective August 27, 2013.See the press release.
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The Great California Delta Trail

Recognizing the unique natural resources of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the growing demands 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

Eighty percent 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 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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