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) meets on a monthly basis as a forum for the exchange of information and ideas related to reducing project impacts and identifying tangible community benefits. The SEC is comprised of Delta residents, business owners and other stakeholders, including two tribal representatives. SEC meeting information and materials can be found here.
- Ongoing: Informational meetings and Tribal consultation under the Public Resources Code (referred to as “AB 52”) and DWR’s Tribal Engagement Policy, as requested by Tribal governments
October 27, 2020: Tribal Informational Meeting for the California Tribal Community
Note: This a Tribal Informational Meeting for invited California Native American Tribes
- July 21, 2020: DWR representatives attended the Northern California Tribal Chairperson's Association meeting and provided updates on the Delta Conveyance Project and Tribal consultation
- July 15, 2020: DWR and DCA representatives attended a Tribal Engagement Committee (TEC)* meeting. DWR provided a CEQA overview and update to the TEC. The DCA provided an overview of the DCA SEC as well as information provided during previous SEC meetings on alignments, facilities siting, and soils and Reusable Tunnel Material management.
- Delta Conveyance Project: Environmental Review Update
- Delta Conveyance Project and Facilities Siting Overview
- Project Soils Overview
- June 24, 2020: DWR’s Tribal Policy advisor, Anecita Agustinez, presented an update on the Delta Conveyance Project consultation process during the DCA SEC meeting
- March 2020: DWR sent additional project notification letters to two Northern California Tribes during the public scoping process
- February 3-6, 2020: DWR outreach, by phone and email, to Tribes that did not respond to the January project notification letter
- January 21, 2020: DWR representatives attended a TEC* meeting and provided the TEC with information about the project and the CEQA Notice of Preparation (NOP) for the project
- January 15, 2020: DWR sent notification letters sent to all Tribes located in the counties within the “project area,” which includes the statutory Delta, CVP/SWP service areas and upstream of the Delta, at the addresses provided by the Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC). The project notification letters provided information regarding the availability of the CEQA NOP and an invitation to consult with DWR under AB 52 and DWR’s Tribal Engagement Policy.
*The Tribal Engagement Committee (TEC) is made up of Tribal representatives from Tribes with ancestral ties to the Delta. The TEC was formed in late 2019 and meets regularly to discuss Delta issues and their common interests. The TEC meetings are convened by Shingle Springs Rancheria.