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Understanding the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta: An Overview of Delta Governance and Regulation

Gain a comprehensive overview of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and an understanding of its significance to California in this introductory course. Explore all aspects of the Delta, past and present, including current plans to improve and protect the Delta water system, its built environment, infrastructure, hydrology, ecosystem, fish and wildlife, land use and water project operations.

Take a nonpartisan look at the following topics:

  • Importance of the Delta: ecosystem, water supply, agriculture, recreation, infrastructure and Delta residents
  • Environmental setting and conditions
  • Current challenges facing the Delta
  • Delta governance and regulation
  • Plans to fix the Delta: Where do we go from here?

This course is intended for water, land use and natural resource professionals, scientists, engineers, policy makers and community leaders who want to gain a comprehensive overview of the Delta and what its future might be.


David Sandino, J.D., LL.M., served as Chief Counsel for the California Department of Water Resources from 2006-2010 and currently serves as senior staff counsel. He has worked on significant water, environmental, tribal and energy issues during his 20-year career with the department. He has taught water law, environmental law, energy resources law, real property and local government law at Texas Tech University School of Law, Santa Clara University School of Law, University of San Francisco School of Law, Golden Gate University School of Law and Sacramento State University. He received Fulbright Fellowship to teach in Russia, where he taught international environmental law at the Moscow State Academy. He is on the Board of Editors of California Environmental Law Reporter and he has written numerous articles on the environment, water and land use. He has been a frequent speaker on western water and environmental issues at conferences and seminars. He is a graduate of the Santa Clara University School of Law, King’s College (London), and UC Davis.


Oct. 15: Wed., 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.


Sutter Square Galleria, 2901 K St, Sacramento, CA





Special Discounts:

10% discount for organizations enrolling three or more people at the same time in the same course. All registrations must be submitted at the same time and fees paid with one check, credit card or purchase order.
10% discount for APACA Section and BIA members


.6 CEU, 6 Hours, 6 MCLE Hours, 6 AICP Hours, 6 REHS Hours






Earn a Certificate

This course is part of these certificate programs:

Land Use and Environmental Planning