The Delta Plan includes strategies and recommendations for achieving the co-equal goals for the Delta.

Strategies identified in each chapter of the Delta Plan set the guidance for achieving the objectives laid out in the plan and in the Delta Reform Act of 2009. Associated with these strategies are recommendations. The recommendations describe specific and implementable actions to support implementation of Delta Plan. Strategies and recommendations have associated performance measures. Delta Plan performance measures track progress in achieving desired outcomes for the Delta Plan. The list below shows the strategies, recommendations, and the associated performance measures for each chapter of the Delta Plan. In addition, the Delta Plan also includes regulations supporting Delta Plan goals. Those regulations apply to covered actions. To learn more, see the Delta Plan.

Strategy: Increase water conservation and expand local and regional supplies

Recommendations Administrative Measures
WR R1. Implement Water Efficiency and Water Management Planning Laws WR R01-01
WR R2. Require SWP Contractors to Implement Water Efficiency and Water Management Laws WR R02-01
WR R3. Compliance with Reasonable and Beneficial Use WR R03-01
WR R4. Expanded Water Supply Reliability Element WR R04-01
WR R5. Develop Water Supply Reliability Element Guidelines WR R05-01
WR R6. Update Water Efficiency Goals WR R06-01
WR R7. Revise State Grant and Loan Priorities WR R07-01
WR R8. Demonstrate State Leadership WR R08-01

Performance Measures

3.1 Urban water use 3.4 Water supply reliability 3.6 Agricultural water planning 3.2 Alternative sources of water supply


Strategy: Improve groundwater management

Recommendations Administrative Measures

WR R9. Update Bulletin 118, California’s Groundwater Plan

WR R10. Implement Groundwater Management Plans in Areas that Receive Water from the Delta Watershed
WR R11. Recover and Manage Critically Overdrafted Groundwater Basins

Performance Measure

3.8 Sustainable groundwater management

Strategy: Improve Conveyance and Expand Storage

Recommendations Administrative Measure
WR R12a. Promote Options for New and Improved Infrastructure Related to Water Conveyance  
WR R12b. Evaluate, Design, and Implement New or Improved Conveyance or Diversion Facilities in the Delta  
WR R12c. Improve or Modify Through-Delta Conveyance  
WR R12d. Promote Options for New or Expanded Water Storage  
WR R12e. Design, Construct and Implement New or Expanded Surface Water Storage  
WR R12f. Implement New or Expanded Groundwater Storage  
WR R12g. Promote Options for Operations of Storage and Conveyance Facilities  
WR R12h. Operate Delta Water Management Facilities Using Adaptive Management Principles  
WR R12i. Update the Bay-Delta Plan and Consider Drought  
WR R12j. Operate New or Improved Conveyance and Diversion Facilities Outside of the Delta   
WR R12k. Promote Water Operations Monitoring Data Management, and Data Transparency  
WR R13. Complete Surface Water Storage Studies WR R13-01 
WR R14. Identify Near-term Opportunities for Storage, Use, and Water Transfer Projects

WR R14-01

WR R14-02

WR R15. Improve Water Transfer Procedures WR R15-01

Performance Measure

3.9 Matching exports to available water

Strategy: Improve water management information

Recommendations Administrative Measures
WR R16. Supplemental Water Use Reporting WR R16-01
WR R17. Integrated Statewide System for Water Use Reporting WR R17-01
WR R18. California Water Plan

WR R18-01

WR R18-02

WR R19. Financial Needs Assessment WR R19-01

Strategy: Create More Natural Functional Flows

Recommendations Administrative Measures
ER R1. Update Delta Flow Objectives

ER R01-01

Output/Outcome Performance Measures

PM 4.2A Functional Flows: Yolo Bypass Inundation

PM 4.2B Functional Flows: Peak Flow

PM 4.2C Functional Flows: Recession Flow

PM 4.2D Functional Flows: In-Delta Flow

Strategy: Restore Ecosystem Function

Recommendations Administrative Measures
ER RB. Use Good Neighbor Checklist to Coordinate Restoration with Adjacent Uses

ER RB-01

ER R4. Exempt Delta Levees from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Vegetation Policy

ER R04-01

Output/Outcome Performance Measures

PM 4.14 Increased Funding for Restoring Ecosystem Function

PM 4.15 Seasonal Inundation

PM 4.16 Acres of Natural Communities Restored

Strategy: Protect Land for Restoration and Safeguard Against Land Loss

Recommendations Administrative Measures
ER R5. Update the Suisun Marsh Protection Plan

ER R05-01

ER R05-02

ER R05-03

ER R05-04

ER RC. Fund Targeted Subsidence Reversal Actions.

ER RC-01

ER RC-02

ER RD. Funding to Enhance Working Landscapes

ER RD-01

ER RD-02

ER RE. Develop and Update Management Plans to Halt or Reverse Subsidence on Public Lands

ER RE-01

ER RE-02

Output/Outcome Performance Measures

PM 4.12 Subsidence Reversal for Tidal Reconnection

Strategy: Protect Native Species and Reduce the Impact of Nonnative Invasive Species 

Recommendations Administrative Measures
ER R7. Prioritize and Implement Actions to Control Nonnative Invasive Species

ER R07-02

ER R07-03

ER R8. Manage Hatcheries to Reduce Risk of Adverse Effects ER R08-01
ER R9. Coordinate Fish Migration and Survival Research ER R09-01
ER RH. Prioritize Unscreened Diversions within the Delta ER RH-01
ER RI. Fund Projects to Improve Survival of Juvenile Salmon ER RI-01

Output/Outcome performance Measures

PM 4.6 Salmon Doubling Goal

PM 4.10 Terrestrial and Aquatic Invasive Species

PM 4.13 Fish Passage

Strategy: Improve Institutional Coordination to Support Implementation of Ecosystem Protection, Restoration, and Enhancement

Recommendations Administrative Measures
ER RF. Support Implementation of Ecosystem Restoration

ER RF-01

ER RF-02

ER RF-03

ER RF-04

ER RF-05

ER RG. Align State Restoration Plans and Conservation Strategies with the Delta Plan ER RG-01


Strategy: Designate the Delta as a special place worthy of national and state attention


Recommendations Administrative Measures
DP R1. Designate the Delta as a National Heritage Area

DP R01-01

DP R01-02

DP R2. Designate State Route 160 as a National Scenic Byway DP R02-01

Strategy: Plan to Protect the Delta’s Lands and Communities

Recommendations Administrative Measures
DP R3. Plan for the Vitality and Preservation of Legacy Communities DP R03-01
DP R4. Buy Rights of Way from Willing Sellers When Feasible DP R04-01
DP R5. Provide Adequate Infrastructure DP R05-01
DP R6. Plan for State Highways DP R06-01
DP R7. Subsidence Reduction and Reversal

DP R07-01

DP R07-02

DP R07-03

Performance Measures

5.2 Subsidence reversal and carbon sequestration 5.5 Delta legacy community vitality and preservation 5.3 Farmland loss

Strategy: Maintain Delta Agriculture

Recommendations Administrative Measures
DP R8. Promote Value-added Crop Processing DP R08-01
DP R9. Encourage Agritourism DP R09-01
DP R10. Encourage Wildlife-friendly Farming DP R10-01

Performance Measures

5.3 Farmland loss

5.9 Sustain a vital economy

Strategy: Encourage Recreation and Tourism

Recommendations Administrative Measures
DP R11. Provide New and Protect Existing Recreation Opportunities DP R11-01
DP R12. Encourage Partnerships to Support Recreation and Tourism DP R12-01
DP R13. Expand State Recreation Areas DP R13-01
DP R14. Enhance Nature-based Recreation DP R14-01
DP R15. Promote Boating Safety DP R15-01
DP R16. Encourage Recreation on Public Lands DP R16-01
DP R17. Enhance Opportunities for Visitor-serving Businesses DP R17-01
DP RXX. Provide Public Access on Appropriately-located Delta Levees DP RXX-01 (Not Available

Performance Measures

5.6 Regional recreation opportunities in the Delta and Suisun Marsh

5.8 Delta recreation and tourism

Strategy: Sustain a Vital Delta Economy

Recommendations Administrative Measures
DP R18. Support the Ports of Stockton and West Sacramento DP R18-01
DP R19. Plan for Delta Energy Facilities DP R19-01

Performance Measure

5.9 Sustain a vital economy

Strategy: Require Delta-Specific Water Quality Protection

Recommendations Administrative Measures
WQ R1. Protect Beneficial Uses None
WQ R2. Identify Covered Action Impact WQ R02-01
WQ R3. Special Water Quality Protections for the Delta WQ R03-01

Performance Measures

6.1 Delta Water Quality

6.10 Harmful Algal Blooms

Strategy: Protect Beneficial Uses by Managing Salinity


Refer to Chapter 4’s ER P1

Performance Measure

6.2 Salinity

Strategy: Improve Drinking Water Quality

Recommendations Administrative Measures
WQ R4. Complete Central Valley Drinking Water Policy WQ R04-01
WQ R5. Complete North Bay Aqueduct Alternative Intake Project WQ R05-01
WQ R6. Protect Groundwater Beneficial Uses WQ R06-01
WQ R7. Participation in CV-SALTS WQ R07-01

Performance Measures

6.3 North Bay Aqueduct Alternate Intake Project

6.4 Groundwater Quality

Strategy: Improve Environmental Water Quality

Recommendations Administrative Measures
WQ R8. Completion of Regulatory Processes, Research, and Monitoring for Water Quality Improvements

WQ R08-01

WQ R08-02

WQ R08-03

WQ R08-04

WQ R08-05

WQ R08-06

WQ R08-07

WQ R9. Implement Delta Regional Monitoring Program

WQ R09-01

WQ R09-02

WQ R10. Evaluate Wastewater Recycling, Reuse, or Treatment WQ R10-01
WQ R11. Manage Dissolved Oxygen in Stockton Ship Channel WQ R11-01
WQ R12. Manage Dissolved Oxygen in Suisun Marsh WQ R12-01

Performance Measures

6.5 Dissolved Oxygen 6.7 Critical Pesticides 6.8 Inorganic Nutrients 6.9 Toxicity

6.10 Harmful Algal Blooms

Strategy: Continue to prepare for Delta emergencies

Recommendations Administrative Measures
RR R1. Implement Emergency Preparedness and Response

RR R01-01

RR R01-02

RR R01-03

Performance Measures

7.1 Delta Multi-Hazard Coordination Task Force recommendations

7.2 Casualties and damages

Strategy: Modernize levee information management

Recommendations Administrative Measures
RR R2. Modernize Levee Information Management RR R02-01

Strategy: Prioritize Investment in Delta Flood Management

Performance Measures

7.3 Delta levees

7.5 Delivery interruptions

Strategy: Update Flood Management Funding Strategies

Recommendations Administrative Measures
RR R3. Provide adequate State funds to support levee maintenance and improvement

(Not Available

RR R4. Update Delta Levees Maintenance Subvention Program’s Cost-sharing Provisions RR R04-01
RR R5. Finance Local Flood Management Activities (Not Available
RR R6. New State Funding for Non-structural Risk Reduction (Not Available
RR R7. Fund Actions to Protect Infrastructure from Flooding and Other Natural Disasters

RR R01-04

RR R03-01-01

RR R03-01-02

RR R03-02

Strategy: Manage Rural Floodplains to Avoid Increased Flood Risk

Recommendations Administrative Measures
RR R8. Maintain Lower Risk Uses of Flood-Prone Rural Lands RR R08-01

Performance Measure

7.6 Sea level rise planning

Strategy: Protect and expand floodways, floodplains, and bypasses

Recommendations Administrative Measures
RR R9. Fund and Implement San Joaquin River Flood Bypass

RR R05-01

RR R10. Continue Delta Dredging Studies

RR R06-01

RR R11. Designate Additional Floodways RR R07-01

Strategy: Renew assurances of federal assistance for post-disaster levee reconstruction

Recommendations Administrative Measures
RR R12. Renew Federal Assistance for Post-disaster Response RR R12-01 (Not Available

Strategy: Limit State Liability

Recommendations Administrative Measures
RR R13. Require Flood Insurance RR R09-01 
RR R14. Improve Delta Communities’ National Flood Insurance Program Community Rating System (CRS) Program Rankings RR R14-01 (Not Available
RR R15. Limit State Liability RR R10-01

Performance Measure

7.7 NFIP community ratings

Recommendations Administrative Measures
FP R1. Conduct Current Spending Inventory FP R01-01 
FP R2. Develop Delta Plan Cost Assessment FP R02-01
FP R3. Identify Funding Gaps FP R03-01