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Delta Plan Regulations

The Delta Reform Act of 2009, which created the Delta Stewardship Council (Council), required that the Council adopt a "legally enforceable" Delta Plan to further the achievement of the coequal goals, in order to address the crisis in the Delta. The State Administrative Procedures Act spells out the process through which the policies of the Delta Plan became enforceable state regulations. The review included a review and approval by the state's Office of Administrative Law (OAL).

 

The Council adopted the Delta Plan on May 16, 2013, and on May 17, 2013, adopted the implementing regulations to make the “policies” contained in the Delta Plan legally-enforceable.

 

The OAL approved the implementing regulations on August 12, 2013, and they became effective on September 1, 2013. The implementing regulations are codified in 23 California Code of Regulations Sections 5001 to 5016. They are based on and carry out the policies contained in the final Delta Plan.

 

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INDIVIDUAL DELTA PLAN POLICIES (Regulations), Appendices, and Maps
 

  1. General Policy 1 (G P1) - Detailed Findings to Establish Consistency with the Delta Plan (23 CCR Section 5002) aka California Code of Regulations, Title 23, Waters, Section 5002
              Mitigation Measures (23 CCR Section 5002 (b), (2)); Delta Plan Mitigation and Monitoring Reporting
                        Program - May 2013

             Best Available Science (23 CCR Section 5002 (b), (3))
                        Appendix 1A - Best Available Science
             Adaptive Management (23 CCR Section 5002 (b), (4))
                        Appendix 1B - Adaptive Management
  2. Water Reliability Policy (WR P1) - Reduced Reliance on the Delta through Improved Regional Water Self-Reliance (23 CCR Section 5003)
     
  3. Water Reliability Policy 2 (WR P2) (23 CCR Section 5004)
                        Appendix 2A - Transparency in Water Contracting: Water from the State
                                                 Water Project
                        Appendix 2B - Transparency in Water Contracting: Water from the Central
                                                 Valley Project

     
  4. Ecosystem Restoration Policy 1 (ER P1) - Update Delta Flow Objectives (23 CCR Section 5005)
     
  5. Ecosystem Restoration Policy 2 (ER P2) - Restore Habitats at Appropriate Elevations (23 CCR Section 5006)
                         Appendix 3 - Habitat Restoration
                         Appendix 4 - Elevation Map
                                    Map - Habitat Types Based on Elevation. Shown with Developed
                                               Areas in the Delta and Suisun Marsh (Figure 4-1)

     
  6. Ecosystem Restoration Policy 3 (ER P3) - Protect Opportunities to Restore Habitat (23 CCR Section 5007)
                        Appendix 4 - Elevation Map
                                   Map - Habitat Types Based on Elevation. Shown with Developed
                                              Areas in the Delta and Suisun Marsh (Figure 4-1)
                        Appendix 5 - Recommended Areas for Prioritization and Implementation of
                                               Habitat Restoration Projects
                                   Map - Recommended Areas for Prioritization and Implementation of
                                              Habitat Restoration Projects (Figure 5-1)

     
  7. Ecosystem Restoration Policy 4 (ER P4) - Expand Floodplains and Riparian Habitats in Levee Projects (23 CCR Section 5008)
                        Appendix 8 - Setback Levee Evaluation Areas
                                   Map - Setback Levee Evaluation Area (Figure 8-1)

     
  8. Ecosystem Restoration Policy 5 ( ER P5) - Avoid Introductions of and Habitat for Invasive Nonnative Species (23 CCR Section 5009)
     
  9. Delta as a Place 1 (DP P1) - Locate New Urban Development Wisely (23 CCR Section 5010)
                        Appendix 6 - Delta Primary and Secondary Zones and Suisun Marsh
                        Appendix 7 - Delta Communities
                                   Map - Towns of Locke and Walnut Grove (Figure 7-1)
                                   Map - Town of Hood (Figure 7-2)
                                   Map - Town of Ryde (Figure 7-3)
                                   Map - Town of Courtland (Figure 7-4)
                                   Map - Town Knightsen (Figure 7-5)
                                   Map - Town of Clarksburg (Figure 7-6)
                                   Map - Town of Isleton (Figure 7-7)
                                   Map - City of West Sacramento (Figure 7-8)
                                   Map - Town of Freeport and the City of Sacramento's Sphere of
                                              Influence (Figure 7-9)

                                   Map - Cities of Stockton, Lodi, and Manteca and their Spheres of
                                              Influence (Figure 7-10)

                                   Map - City of Tracy and its Sphere of Influence and the Community
                                              of Mountain House (Figure 7-11)

                                   Map - Cities of Fairfield, Suisun City, and Benecia and their
                                              Spheres of Influence (Figure 7-12)

                                   Map - City of Rio Vista and its Sphere of Influence (Figure 7-13)

     
  10. Delta as a Place 2 (DP P2) - Respect Local Land Use When Siting Water or Flood Facilities or Restoring Habitats (23 CCR Section 5011)
     
  11. Risk Reduction Policy 1 (RR P1) Prioritization of State Investments in Delta Levees and Risk Reduction (23 CCR Section 5012)
     
  12. Risk Reduction Policy 2 (RR P2) - Require Flood Protection for Residential Development in Rural Areas (23 CCR Section 5013)
                        Appendix 7 - Delta Communities
                                   Map - Towns of Locke and Walnut Grove (Figure 7-1)
                                   Map - Town of Hood (Figure 7-2)
                                   Map - Town of Ryde (Figure 7-3)
                                   Map - Town of Courtland (Figure 7-4)
                                   Map - Town of Knightsen (Figure 7-5)
                                   Map - Town of Clarksburg (Figure 7-6)
                                   Map - Town of Isleton (Figure 7-7)
                                   Map - City of West Sacramento (Figure 7-8)
                                   Map - Town of Freeport and the City of Sacramento's Sphere of
                                              Influence (Figure 7-9)

                                   Map - Cities of Stockton, Lodi, and Manteca and their Spheres of
                                              Influence (Figure 7-10)

                                   Map - City of Tracy and its Sphere of Influence and the Community
                                              of Mountain House (Figure 7-11)

                                   Map - Cities of Fairfield, Suisun City, and Benecia and their
                                              Spheres of Influence (Figure 7-12)

                                   Map - City of Rio Vista and its Sphere of Influence (Figure 7-13)

     
  13. Risk Reduction Policy 3 (RR P3) - Protect Floodways (23 CCR Section 5014)
     
  14. Risk Reduction Policy 4 (RR P4) - Floodplain Protection (23 CCR Section 5015)

 

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Coequal goals

The Delta Stewardship Council was created in legislation to achieve the state mandated coequal goals for the Delta. "'Coequal goals' means the two goals of providing a more reliable water supply for California and protecting, restoring, and enhancing the Delta ecosystem. The coequal goals shall be achieved in a manner that protects and enhances the unique cultural, recreational, natural resource, and agricultural values of the Delta as an evolving place." (CA Water Code §85054)