Delta Protection Advisory Committee

The Delta Protection Advisory Committee (DPAC) provides recommendations to the Delta Protection Commission on diverse interests within the Delta, including the Delta’s ecosystem, water supply, socioeconomic sustainability, recreation, agriculture, flood control, environment, water resources, utility infrastructure and other Delta issues. This fifteen-member committee is appointed by the Commission and meets regularly; members serve three-year terms and may be re-appointed. Meetings are open to the public and everyone’s input is welcome; meetings are held 5-6 times per year in Walnut Grove.


Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 5:30 PM

Walnut Grove Community Church, Koinonia Room
14120 Grand Avenue, Walnut Grove, CA 95690

Agenda (PDF)

For past meeting agendas and item documents from prior years, email the Commission Clerk at or call 916-375-4800 with your request. We will be happy to assist you in finding the information you require.

Accepting Applications – Due April 24, 2020

The DPAC is a 15 member volunteer body consisting of representatives of diverse interests within the Delta. Members are appointed by the Commission to a 1-3 year term and may be re-appointed. DPAC generally meets 5-6 times a year in Walnut Grove. The Commission strives for diversity in representation on DPAC, including geographic diversity throughout the entire Delta region.

The Commission is looking to appoint 13 members to DPAC at its May 21, 2020 meeting, for terms ranging from 1 to 3 years (to create a staggered membership). Subsequent terms will be for a period of 3 years.

We are seeking applications from individuals to serve on DPAC representing the following categories:
Delta Business Representative – 2 seats (1 year and 2 year initial terms)
Delta Agriculture Representative – 2 seats (1 year and 3 year initial terms)
Delta Recreation Representative – 1 seat (3 year initial term)
Delta NGO Habitat/Conservation Representative – 2 seats (1 year and 2 year initial terms)
State Agency Representative – 2 seats (1 year and 3 year initial terms)
Delta Flood Entity Representative – 1 seat (2 year initial term)
Delta Organization Representative – 1 seat (3 year initial term)
Delta General Public Representative – 1 seat (2 year initial term)
Delta Utilities and Related Infrastructure Representative – 1 seat (2 year initial term)
The DPAC Charter also calls for ex-officio, non-voting members from the following categories:
Delta-region Native American Tribal Representative – 1 seat (3 year term)
Delta Emergency Response Representative – 1 seat (3 year term)
Delta Cultural Preservation Representative – 1 seat (3 year term)

The application form (PDF) is available. For more information on the Delta Protection Advisory Committee, please see the DPAC Charter (PDF). Applications are due by close of business on April 24, 2020. The Commission is anticipated to consider the appointments at its May 21 meeting in Isleton.

Advisory Committee Members

Delta Agriculture: David Strecker, Strecker Ranch and D&A Farms and Reni Della Maggiore
Delta Business:  Gilbert Labrie, Architect and Barbara Daly (Vice-Chair), Delta Heartbeat Tours
Delta Conservation/Habitat:  Craig Watanabe, Tuscany Research Institute and VACANT
Delta Flood Entity:  Melinda Terry, California Central Valley Flood Control Association
Delta General Public: Sam Arditi  (Discovery Bay)
Delta Organization:  Mark Pruner (Chair), North Delta C.A.R.E.S.
Delta Recreation:  Kathy Bunton, Delta Kayak Adventures and Linda Gifford (Rio Vista)
Delta Utility/Infrastructure: Sam Garcia, Pacific Gas & Electric Company
Delta Water Exporter:  Russ Ryan, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, State and Federal Contractors Water Agency
State Agency:  Jim Starr, California Department of Fish and Wildlife and Edward Hard, California Department of Parks and Recreation

Enabling Legislation

Delta Protection Advisory Committee Charter (PDF)
Delta Protection Act, Public Resources Code Section 29753(a)

For more information contact Erik Vink.