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How to Certify?

Follow these steps to Certify


Step 1: Early Consultation

To set up an early consultation please click the email link below to submit a consultation request. Any other questions or concerns may also be e-mailed to


Step 2: Use our tools

To learn more, read our Covered Actions Checklist tool and review our Certification of Consistency Process document and Certification of Consistency Process Flow Chart.


Step 3: Register for an account

To submit a certification through the Council website, please register for an account by clicking here. You may also click the Register link in the right navigation After you register, the Council will process your registration. Then, an email confirmation will prompt you to login to start the certification process.


Step 4: Submit a Certification

Step 4.1: Access to the submission screen

* You must login first to have access to the submission screen *

Covered Actions Account Information


Step 4.2: Start a New CertificationClick the “Start a New Certification” button under the “My Certifications” drop down menu.

Covered Actions - Start a New Certification


Step 4.3: Certification of Consistency

Begin by filling in the required information for the tool. Refer back to the Certification of Consistency Process Document for step by step instructions on the submission’s tool.

Covered Actions - Certification of Consistency


Step 4.4: Covered Actions Home Page

When you are done submitting you will see your covered action on the home page with a status of “Public Review Period”

Covered Actions Home Page


Step 4.5: My CertificationsAnd under your Account tab in the “My Certifications” drop down. You can also see any certifications you have filed or change your password.

Covered Actions - My Certifications


Step 5: Next Steps

Refer back to the Certification of Consistency Process Flow Chart to understand next steps. You will receive email notifications when the status of your certification has changed.

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)