The Delta Plan includes recommendations and strategies for achieving the State of California's co-equal goals for the Delta.


Each chapter of the Delta Plan includes strategies to achieve the coequal goals. These strategies are general guidance on achieving the objective laid out in the plan and in the Delta Reform Act of 2009. Associated with these strategies are recommendations. The recommendations describe more specific and implementable actions to support the achievement of Delta Plan strategies. Strategies may also have associated performance measures. Delta Plan performance measures track progress in achieving desired outcomes for the Delta Plan. The Table below shows the associated strategies, recommendations, and 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.


Chapter 3 – A More Reliable Water Supply for California

Strategy: Increase water conservation and expand local and regional supplies


WR R1. Implement Water Efficiency and Water Management Planning Laws

WR R2. Require SWP Contractors to Implement Water Efficiency and Water Management Laws

WR R3. Compliance with Reasonable and Beneficial Use

WR R4. Expanded Water Supply Reliability Element

WR R5. Develop Water Supply Reliability Element Guidelines

WR R6. Update Water Efficiency Goals

WR R7. Revise State Grant and Loan Priorities

WR R8. Demonstrate State Leadership

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


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


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 R14. Identify Near-term Opportunities for Storage, Use, and Water Transfer Projects

WR R15. Improve Water Transfer Procedures

Performance Measure

3.9 Matching exports to available water

Strategy: Improve water management information


WR R16. Supplemental Water Use Reporting

WR R17. Integrated Statewide System for Water Use Reporting

WR R18. California Water Plan

WR R19. Financial Needs Assessment

Chapter 4 - Protect, Restore, and Enhance the Delta Ecosystem

Strategy: Create More Natural Functional Flows


ER R1. Update Delta Flow Objectives

Performance Measures

4.2a Restoring More Natural Functional Flow Patterns in the Yolo Bypass

4.2b Peak Flows

4.2c More Gradual Recession Flows at the End of the Wet Season

4.2d In-Delta Flows

Strategy: Restore Habitat


ER R2. Prioritize and Implement Projects that Restore Delta Habitat

ER R3. Complete and Implement Delta Conservancy Strategic Plan

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

ER R5. Update the Suisun Marsh Protection Plan

Strategy: Improve Water Quality to Protect the Ecosystem


Covered by chapter 6 recommendations

Performance Measures

Covered by chapter 6 performance measures

Strategy: Prevention and reduction of key nonnative terrestrial and aquatic invasive species in the Delta and Suisun Marsh


ER R6. Regulate Angling for Nonnative Sport Fish to Protect Native Fish

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

Performance Measure

4.10 Terrestrial and Aquatic Invasive Species

Strategy: Improve Hatcheries and Harvest Management


ER R8. Manage Hatcheries to Reduce Genetic Risk

ER R9. Implement Marking and Tagging Program

Chapter 5 - Protect and Enhance the Unique Cultural, Recreational, Natural Resource, and Agricultural Values of the California Delta as an Evolving Place

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


DP R1. Designate the Delta as a National Heritage Area

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

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


DP R3. Plan for the Vitality and Preservation of Legacy Communities

DP R4. Buy Rights of Way from Willing Sellers When Feasible

DP R5. Provide Adequate Infrastructure

DP R6. Plan for State Highways

DP R7. Subsidence Reduction and Reversal

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


DP R8. Promote Value-added Crop Processing

DP R9. Encourage Agritourism

DP R10. Encourage Wildlife-friendly Farming

Performance Measures

5.3 Farmland loss

5.9 Sustain a vital economy

Strategy: Encourage Recreation and Tourism


DP R11. Provide New and Protect Existing Recreation Opportunities

DP R12. Encourage Partnerships to Support Recreation and Tourism

DP R13. Expand State Recreation Areas

DP R14. Enhance Nature-based Recreation

DP R15. Promote Boating Safety

DP R16. Encourage Recreation on Public Lands

DP R17. Enhance Opportunities for Visitor-serving Businesses

DP RXX. Provide Public Access on Appropriately-located Delta Levees

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


DP R18. Support the Ports of Stockton and West Sacramento

DP R19. Plan for Delta Energy Facilities

Performance Measure

5.9 Sustain a vital economy

Chapter 6 - Performance Measures to Improve Water Quality to Protect Human Health and the Environment

Strategy: Require Delta-Specific Water Quality Protection


WQ R1. Protect Beneficial Uses

WQ R2. Identify Covered Action Impact

WQ R3. Special Water Quality Protections for the Delta

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


WQ R4. Complete Central Valley Drinking Water Policy

WQ R5. Complete North Bay Aqueduct Alternative Intake Project

WQ R6. Protect Groundwater Beneficial Uses

WQ R7. Participation in CV-SALTS

Performance Measures

6.3 North Bay Aqueduct Alternate Intake Project

6.4 Groundwater Quality

Strategy: Improve Environmental Water Quality


WQ R8. Completion of Regulatory Processes, Research, and Monitoring for Water Quality 30 Improvements

WQ R9. Implement Delta Regional Monitoring Program

WQ R10. Evaluate Wastewater Recycling, Reuse, or Treatment

WQ R11. Manage Dissolved Oxygen in Stockton Ship Channel

WQ R12. Manage Dissolved Oxygen in Suisun Marsh

Performance Measures

6.5 Dissolved Oxygen

6.7 Critical Pesticides

6.8 Inorganic Nutrients

6.9 Toxicity

6.10 Harmful Algal Blooms

Chapter 7 – Reduce Risk to People, Property, and State Interests in the Delta

Strategy: Continue to prepare for Delta emergencies


RR R1. Implement Emergency Preparedness and Response

Performance Measures

7.1 Delta Multi-Hazard Coordination Task Force recommendations

7.2 Casualties and damages

Strategy: Modernize levee information management


RR R2. Modernize Levee Information Management

Strategy: Prioritize Investment in Delta Flood Management

Performance Measures

7.3 Delta levees

7.5 Delivery interruptions

Strategy: Update Flood Management Funding Strategies


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

RR R4. Update Delta Levees Maintenance Subvention Program’s Cost-sharing Provisions

RR R5. Finance Local Flood Management Activities

RR R6. New State Funding for Non-structural Risk Reduction

RR R7. Fund Actions to Protect Infrastructure from Flooding and Other Natural Disasters

Strategy: Manage Rural Floodplains to Avoid Increased Flood Risk


RR R8. Maintain Lower Risk Uses of Flood-Prone Rural Lands

Performance Measure

7.6 Sea level rise planning

Strategy: Protect and expand floodways, floodplains, and bypasses


RR R9. Fund and Implement San Joaquin River Flood Bypass

RR R10. Continue Delta Dredging Studies

RR R11. Designate Additional Floodways

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


RR R12. Renew Federal Assistance for Post-disaster Response

Strategy: Limit State Liability


RR R13. Require Flood Insurance

RR R14. Improve Delta Communities’ National Flood Insurance Program Community Rating System (CRS) Program Rankings

RR R15. Limit State Liability

Performance Measure

7.7 NFIP community ratings