Legislative Responsibilities

The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy is a state agency within the Natural Resources Agency and was established through legislation on February 3, 2010. It is governed by an 11-member Board, with assistance from 12 advisors. Collectively, they represent the five Delta Counties, local nonprofits, special districts, and State and Federal agencies. The Conservancy’s service area is the statutory Delta and Suisun Marsh, approximately 1,300 square miles with more than 1,000 miles of levees and waterways.

The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy will support efforts that advance both environmental protection and the economic well-being of Delta residents in a complementary manner, including all of the following:

  1. Protect and enhance habitat and habitat restoration.
  2. Protect and preserve Delta agriculture and working landscapes.
  3. Provide increased opportunities for tourism and recreation.
  4. Promote Delta legacy communities and economic vitality in the Delta in coordination with the Delta Protection Commission.
  5. Increase the resilience of the Delta to the effects of natural disasters such as floods and earthquakes, in coordination with the Delta Protection Commission.
  6. Protect and improve water quality.
  7. Assist the Delta regional economy through the operation of the conservancy’s program.
  8. Identify priority projects and initiatives for which funding is needed.
  9. Protect, conserve, and restore the region’s physical, agricultural, cultural, historical, and living resources.
  10. Assist local entities in the implementation of their habitat conservation plans (HCPs) and natural community conservation plans (NCCPs).
  11. Facilitate take protection and safe harbor agreements under the federal Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. Sec. 1531 et seq.) and the California Endangered Species Act (Chapter 1.5 (commencing with Section 2050) of Division 3 of the Fish and Game Code) for adjacent landowners and local public agencies.
  12. Promote environmental education.

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