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Performance Measures

Performance measures translate programmatic goals and objectives into measurable indicators of progress towards implementing the Delta Plan and achieving the coequal goals. They are a vital part of the Delta Stewardship Council’s adaptive management approach to the Delta and provide decision-useful information for Delta stakeholders.


Measuring progress towards the implementation of the Delta Plan will help the Council determine the success of the Delta Plan. Performance measures also ensure proper use of adaptive management techniques in fine-tuning the Delta Plan.


The Council developed performance measures for the Delta Plan over multiple years with the help of state, federal, and local agencies, scientists, and stakeholders. Learn more about the different types of performance measures – administrative, output, and outcome – how they were selected, and why they are important.


In 2018, the Council adopted a refined set of performance measures to better track Delta Plan outputs and outcomes. The current Delta Plan performance measures are in Appendix E of the Delta Plan.


The Performance Measures Dashboard provides access to performance measure information and data and allows agencies involved with implementing the Delta Plan to view and track the status of output and outcome performance measures adopted by the Council in 2018. The broader goal of this dashboard is to share the science-based story behind each performance measure and highlight how each measure fits into the broader Delta landscape.


A print-out guide to the performance measures is available here.






Performance Measures Amendments

Amendment Process


The Delta Stewardship Council further refined the Delta Plan output and outcome performance measures in light of amendments developed for the Delta Plan (Delta Levees Investment Strategy and Conveyance Storage and Operations), public comments received, and the Delta Independent Science Board’s recommendation that the Council seek local expert review of the performance measures.


Public Comments


March 9, 2017 Workshop

On March 9, 2017 a workshop was held to receive public comment on the proposed refinements to the performance measures.

To view the event page for this workshop, please click here.

To view the flyer for this workshop, please click here.


To review items dealing with Performance Measures
that occurred before January 1, 2017,
please visit the Performance Measures Archives Page


Other Performance Measures and Project Tracking Tools

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Administrative Performance Measures

The Administrative Dashboard is an online tool used to track and display the progress of the various actions recommended by the Delta Plan. This tool highlights the agencies involved and offers the ability to review the current status of each administrative performance measure. Access to the Dashboard is available by clicking the “Home” button above.


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Project Tracking - DeltaView

DeltaView is the Council’s new project tracking tool. This system will replace the former CALFED Project Performance Information System (CPPIS). DeltaView was developed to track the progress of Delta project status, and to improve the accountability and transparency of Delta actions. Public access is available by clicking the “Public Access” button. Implementing agency staff can access the system through the “Log In” button.


DeltaView Video Introduction

A quick look at some features and benefits of this new tracking tool

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)