Welcome to the Delta Protection Commission
The Delta Protection Commission is 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, heritage, recreation, and natural resources while remaining mindful of the importance of the Delta to all Californians.
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Commission Meeting – Thursday, March 21, 2019
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Courtland or Hood – TBD
View upcoming and past Commission meetings, including agendas, associated documents, meetings minutes, and audio archives.
Public Meetings to Receive Comment on Land Use and Resource Management Plan Update
The Delta Protection Advisory Committee will hold three meetings to receive comments from the public on Commission staff’s update of the Land Use and Resource Management Plan (PDF), the Commission’s plan for local government land use in the Delta primary zone. The second meeting will be on February 20 at 5:30 pm at Big Break Visitor Center in Oakley and the third will be on February 28 at 6:00 pm at the Walnut Grove Library. Visit the Land Use and Resource Management Plan webpage for more information.
The Delta Protection Commission is currently collecting historical and cultural materials on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Selections and excerpts from these materials may be published in an anthology for high school and college readers as well as for those interested in learning more about this region’s rich culture and heritage. Submissions are due March 15, 2019. See the Delta Anthology page for more information.
US Senate Approves the Proposed Delta National Heritage Area
Last Tuesday, the Senate passed S. 47, the Natural Resources Management Act, a large public lands bill that includes the establishment of the Sacramento San Joaquin Delta National Heritage Area (NHA). The Commission would be the local coordinating entity for the Delta NHA.
NHAs are a grassroots, community-driven approach to heritage conservation and economic development. Through public-private partnerships, NHA entities support historic preservation, natural resource conservation, recreation, heritage tourism, and educational projects. NHAs have no effect on water rights, property rights, or hunting and fishing rights within the designated area. If the Delta NHA passes the House and is signed by the President, the Commission would have three years to prepare a management plan.
See the Delta National Heritage Area Proposal webpage for more information.
2018 Annual Report Available
Commission Meeting Audio Now Online
Audio from the January 17, 2019 Delta Protection Commission meeting is now on our YouTube channel.
Winter 2019 Delta Voice
The Winter 2019 issue of Delta Voice (PDF) is here! This special “People of the Delta” edition includes those leading the way on the Dutch Slough Tidal Marsh Restoration Project, Steve Mello of Mello Farms, metal artisans Roger Berry and Patrick Daniel, water tour operators Emil Gagliardi of Sacramento River Cruise & Wine Tours and Kathy Bunton of Delta Kayak Adventures. Plus, a highlight on Gilbert “Gil” Labrie!
Oscar Villegas Assumes Role as New Chair of the Delta Protection Commission
Yolo County Supervisor Oscar Villegas has been elected to serve as Chair of the Delta Protection Commission effective Monday, January 7, 2019. Sacramento County Supervisor Don Nottoli was elected to serve as Vice Chair. The Commission Chair also serves as a member of the Delta Stewardship Council. Read the full press release (PDF).
Commission Comments on CA WaterFix (DWR) Certification of Consistency with the Delta Plan
On October 16, 2018, the Commission submitted a comment letter (PDF) to the Delta Stewardship Council regarding the CA WaterFIX (DWR) Certification of Consistency with the Delta Plan. Presentation by Commission members will be on October 24, 2018 in West Sacramento.
Commission Comments on CA WaterFix Supplemental EIR/EIS
On September 17, 2018, the Commission submitted a comment letter (PDF) to the Department of Water Resources on the WaterFix Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (SEIR/EIS).
Delta Flood Risk Management Assessment District Feasibility Study and Delta Levee Financing Options
(Levee Financing Feasibility Study)
The Commission reviewed the final Delta Levee Financing Feasibility Study report (PDF) at the Commission Meeting on May 17, 2018. The Commission voted unanimously (14-0) to transmit the final report to the Department of Water Resources.
The Great California Delta Trail Beta Site
Visit our Beta site for the Great California Delta Trail! The Great California Delta Trail System was authorized in 2006 legislation in response to the growing demand for public access to the Delta’s natural resources, recognition of the importance of natural and rural places, and to acknowledge the value of outdoor recreation to healthy lives and communities. Share your feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Delta Tunnels Update
The public comments received during the California WaterFix comment period have been posted here. You can see the Commission’s comment letters on all the versions of the proposal and more details here.
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.
Join us on Feb 20 at 5:30 PM in Oakley to share public comment on the Commission staff’s update of the Delta Land Use and Resource Management Plan (LURMP). The LURMP is the Commission’s plan for local government land use in the Delta primary zone. https://t.co/Lo61mmrTeH https://t.co/mWgwjerFHr