Tribal Engagement

Aerial photo of the San Joaquin Delta.

Aerial photo of the San Joaquin Delta.

Tribal engagement is an important component of every major project led by the State of California, providing an opportunity for government-to-government consultation, and collaboration and coordination between Tribal leaders and project proponents. Guided by the Governor’s Executive Order B-10-11, the Department of Water Resources’ (DWR) Tribal Engagement Policy, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and state policies regarding consultation with California Native American Tribes, the Delta conveyance planning process includes significant Tribal engagement. This includes engagement with California Native American Tribes on Tribal Cultural Resources (TCRs) in accordance with the requirements of CEQA (Sections 21080.3.1, 21080.3.2, 21082.3of the California Public Resources Code), commonly referred to as AB 52 requirements (added to CEQA through Assembly Bill 52 of 2014).

DWR is committed to a robust, collaborative and transparent Tribal engagement process that provides for meaningful information sharing and opportunities for input. Below is a record of all DWR Delta conveyance planning process Tribal engagement activities by year.


DWR Tribal Engagement - Delta Conveyance: 2019 to Present

DWR is conducting Government-to-Government consultation with all of the Tribal governments that requested consultation with DWR pursuant to the California Public Resources Code or DWR’s Tribal Engagement Policy. For confidentiality reasons, DWR is not disclosing any sensitive information shared during consultation. However, an overview of various informational committee and stakeholder meetings with Tribal representatives are listed below with links to presentations and other materials.

Additionally, the Delta Conveyance Design and Construction Authority (DCA) Stakeholder Engagement Committee (SEC) met on a regular basis from November 2019 - December 2021 as a forum for the exchange of information and ideas related to reducing project impacts and identifying tangible community benefits. The SEC was comprised of Delta residents, business owners and other stakeholders, including two tribal representatives. SEC meeting information and materials can be found here.