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.


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  • NEXT DELTA PROTECTION COMMISSION MEETING: The Commission will meet next on Thursday, July 21, 2016 from 5:30 to 8:00 PM in Walnut Grove. Please check back for the agenda (posted at least 10 days before the meeting) and the relevant documents (posted one week before the meeting).
  • SEEKING A DELTA RECREATION REPRESENTATIVE:The Commission is currently seeking a Delta Recreation Representative to serve on the Delta Protection Advisory Committee (DPAC). The Application may be downloaded here, and is due to the Commission by Thursday, July 7.For more information about DPAC, including the Committee Charter, see our DPAC page.
  • 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.
  • SUMMER 2016 DELTA VOICE: Celebrate the 100th birthday of the Walnut Grove Bridge, meet the Delta Potato Kings, learn about the Western Railway Museum and more in the summer 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, 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.

    The Great California Delta Trail

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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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