The Delta Protection Commission was created by the Delta Protection Act of 1992 (Act), codified in the Public Resources Code (PRC) beginning with section 29700, and most recently amended by SBX7-1 in November 2009. The Act declared that the Delta is a natural resource of statewide, national, and international significance, containing irreplaceable resources, and that it is the policy of the State to recognize, preserve, and protect those resources of the Delta for the use and enjoyment of current and future generations, in a manner that protects and enhances the unique values of the Delta as an evolving place (PRC sections 29701-2).  The Commission is a forum for Delta residents to engage in decisions regarding actions to recognize and enhance the unique cultural, recreational, and agricultural resources of the Delta [PRC section 29703.5(a)].

The Delta Protection Act can be found at and below.  The Commission is also guided by regulations found in the California Code of Regulations, Title XIV, Division 9.