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.

The Committee was created by the Delta Protection Act, Public Resources Code Section 29753(a). This is its Charter (PDF).

DPAC meets every other month. Its next meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 10, 2023, and the agenda will be posted here at least 10 days in advance.

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DPAC Members

Delta General Public: Anna Swenson (Chair), Clarksburg

Delta Water Exporter: Russ Ryan (Vice Chair), Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Delta Agriculture:

  • Gary Mello, J&L Mello Farm Equipment, RD 563 (Tyler Island)
  • Craig Watanabe, Mandeville Island/CCRC Farms

Delta Business:

  • Robyn Brown, home-based business in Ryde
  • Arron Pellarin, Village West Marina in Stockton

Delta Conservation/Habitat Non-governmental Organization: Jim Cox, CA Striped Bass Association

Delta Cultural Preservation: Douglas Hsia, Locke Foundation

Delta Flood Entity: Chris Elias, San Joaquin Area Flood Control Agency/CA Central Valley Flood Control Association Delta General

Delta Organization: Mariah Looney, Restore the Delta

Delta Recreation:

  • Todd Bruce, Delta Recreationist
  • Morris Lum, Recreational Boaters of CA

Delta Utility/Infrastructure: Sam Garcia, Pacific Gas & Electric Company

State Agency:

  • Erin Chappell, California Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Edward Hard, California Department of Parks and Recreation Division of Boating and Waterways

Ex-Officio Members

Donnie Ratcliff, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Jessica Fischer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Mario Manzo, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
Kris Tjernell, California Department of Water Resources
Jeff Henderson, Delta Stewardship Council
Campbell Ingram, Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy

Past Meetings


June 6, 2023 agenda (PDF)
April 4, 2023 agenda (PDF)
February 7, 2023 agenda (PDF)


November 1, 2022 agenda (PDF)
August 30, 2022 agenda (PDF)
June 28, 2022 agenda (PDF)
May 3, 2022 agenda (PDF) / May 2022 meeting recording
March 1, 2022 agenda (PDF) / March 2022 meeting recording
January 4, 2022 agenda (PDF) / January 2022 meeting recording


November 2, 2021 agenda (PDF) / November 2021 meeting recording
September 7, 2021 agenda (PDF) / September 2021 meeting recording
June 29, 2021 agenda (PDF) / June 2021 meeting recording
May 4, 2021 agenda (PDF) / May 2021 meeting recording
March 2, 2021 agenda (PDF) / March 2021 meeting recording
January 6, 2021 agenda (PDF) / January 2021 meeting recording

For other past meeting agendas and item documents, 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.

For more information contact Bruce Blodgett.

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