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.
See Delta Protection Commission updates below or sign up for Delta Happenings to stay up-to-date with all the information you want, including community events and Delta agency meeting information. You can also browse our events calendar.
Delta Protection Advisory Committee (DPAC) Meeting
The DPAC will meet at the Walnut Grove Library on April 24, 2019 at 5:30 PM. Agenda items include a discussion of the Delta Stewardship Council’s Delta Plan Chapter 4 (Ecosystem) and the new National Heritage Area designation. Read the full agenda (PDF).
Subcommittee on Land Use and Resource Management Plan (LURMP) Update
The Delta Protection Commission is updating its LURMP – the land use plan that guides local government land use decisions in the Delta primary zone (interior Delta). The first subcommittee meeting is Wednesday, April 24, 2019, from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM at the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors, 700 H Street, Suite 2450 (South Conference Room), Sacramento, CA 95814 (MAP).
Subcommittee meeting documents include:
• Meeting agenda (PDF)
• Revised staff draft (PDF)
• Crosswalk document comparing existing LURMP with revised staff draft (PDF)
Visit the LURMP webpage for more information.
Delta Lodging Workshop
The Delta Lodging Workshop on Friday, May 17 at the Jean Harvie Community Center in Walnut Grove will provide information about alternative lodging opportunities in the Delta. The workshop is intended for Delta farmers, marina operators, and residents who may be interested in expanding the use of their properties to include farm-stays, home-stays, B&B’s, and other small scale and nontraditional forms of accommodation. Perspectives from current operators, general information about permitting and financing requirements, and guidance on marketing will be presented.
The workshop is FREE, but registration is required. To register, email your name and how many will be attending to email@example.com. For more information, call Virginia Gardner at (916) 375-4801.
Delta Heritage Forum
Join us on Thursday, June 6, 2019 at the Jean Harvie Community Center in Walnut Grove for a full day event focused on efforts to preserve and tell Delta stories, opportunities for partnerships and collaboration, and networking. The forum is open to cultural organizations, federal, state, and local officials, business and civic organizations, and those interested in Delta heritage. More updates on the Delta Heritage Forum will be available on the Forum webpage.
Spring 2019 Delta Voice
The Spring 2019 (PDF) issue of Delta Voice is here! Learn about the livability of West Sacramento, seasonal produce at the farm stands and u-picks popping up this spring, the marine patrols protecting our Delta waterways, RVing in the Delta, and two aquatic invasive species: nutria and hyacinth.
President Signs Bill Establishing Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta National Heritage Area
On March 12, 2019, President Trump signed the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act, a large public lands bill that includes the establishment of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta National Heritage Area (NHA). The Commission will be the local coordinating entity for the Delta NHA and has three years to prepare a management plan. See the press release (PDF) and the Delta National Heritage Area 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. The deadline for submissions has been extended to September 30, 2019. See the Delta Anthology page 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.
CA WaterFix Updates
You can access the Commission’s comment letters on all the versions of the proposal, and view other Commission requests and actions, on our CA WaterFix page. Recent comment letters include:
- 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.
- 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).
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!
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.
Yesterday, we joined Congressman John Garamendi at the Hemly House in Courtland to announce the passing of S. 47, a large conservation and public lands bill that includes the establishment of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta National Heritage Area (NHA) – California's first NHA! https://t.co/ZwKhDDPmLc