Public Participation

As a California state agency led by an appointed council, public participation is fundamental to the Delta Stewardship Council’s work toward the coequal goals of ensuring a reliable California water supply and resilient Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta ecosystem, achieved in a manner that protects and enhances the unique cultural, recreational, natural resource, and agricultural values of the Delta as an evolving place. This web page serves as a “one-stop shop” for those seeking information on how to engage with the Council through its recent and upcoming opportunities for public engagement. Please contact the Council’s Office of Public Participation at or (916) 445-5511 with any questions on the information below.

Public Participation Plan

2020 Public Participation Plan Cover.

Endorsed by the Council in June 2020, its Public Participation Plan serves as a guide for how any stakeholder or member of the public, regardless of background, location, ability, or status, can pursue opportunities to inform Council decision-making. The Council recognizes that the possible effective mechanisms for public participation are not “one size fits all” and may vary depending on the particular issue. This plan will be reviewed and revised periodically to ensure it reflects current best practices.

Tribal Consultation Policy

In 2015, the Council adopted a Tribal Consultation Policy that aims to engage in the timely and active process of seeking, discussing, and incorporating the views of California Native American tribes and tribal communities into its decision-making. The Council’s Tribal Consultation Policy can also be found in the Public Participation Plan as Appendix B.

Recent and Upcoming Public Meetings

Expand the individual event accordions below to view corresponding meeting details and materials.

A Meeting Notice will be posted 10 days before the meeting.

A Meeting Notice will be posted 10 days before the meeting.

Current Opportunities to Comment

The Delta Science Program is developing the third iteration of the Delta Science Plan, which aims to provide the vision, principles, and approaches for coordinating science in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. This iteration's proposed focus is on addressing the “wicked” problems, or “grand challenges,” facing Delta science.

An essay detailing the literature review process and draft grand challenges is now posted, and the authors are seeking feedback.

The opportunity to comment starts, May 28, 2024. Comments may be submitted via this online survey, emailed to, or mailed to the following address by July 12, 2024, to be considered for the final Grand Challenges Essay.

Share General Feedback

General public comments can be sent to the Council via:

  • Email:
  • Phone:
    • (916) 445-5511
  • Mail:
    • Delta Stewardship Council
      c/o Office of Public Participation
      715 P Street, 15-300
      Sacramento, CA 95814

Once received, the Office of Public Participation will forward the comment to the appropriate Council staff. To request access to copies of past comments, please email

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