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Every year, the Department of Water Resources issues technical bulletins, reports, and other publications and media documenting the measurement, protection, use, and management of California's water resources. This DWR Publications Repository is a partial and growing list of the publications and other media produced and distributed by the Department.

In this list you find a variety of types of publications and other media ranging from print material, to audio and video files. If the publication or other media is available in electronic format, a link will point to the appropriate electronic file. In many cases, publications are only available in hardcopy and cannot be downloaded. A contact phone number and email will be provided for cases where an electronic download is not available.

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If you are searching for a particular publication or media item, and cannot find it, for more information, please contact:
State of California
Department of Water Resources
Bulletins and Reports
P.O. Box 942836, Sacramento, CA 94236-0001
or
1416 Ninth Street, Third Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 653-1097

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Toggle Image 1986 Drainage Monitoring Report, San Joaquin Valley 1988 (PDF, 11.13 MB)
Description: This report presents and evaluates data from 1980 through 1986 with special emphasis on 1985 and 1986. Data were evaluated for patterns that may be indicative of future trends and correlations between various chemical constituents. A shallow groundwater map and trend analyses for each tile drain station is included.
Toggle Image 1999 Drainage Monitoring Report, San Joaquin Valley 06/01/2003 (PDF, 3.66 MB)
Description: In comparison to the 1998 Drainage Monitoring Report, this report includes trend analyses and figures for Total Dissolved Solids, Boron, and Selenium. The figures illustrate an increase or decrease over time of a constituent within its respective area of study.
Toggle Image 2001 Drainage Monitoring Report, San Joaquin Valley 2004 (PDF, 5.39 MB)
Description: This report includes aerial distribution maps of shallow groundwater and electrical conductivity in shallow groundwater and additional analyses for chloride, sulfate, and total alkalinity. Further analysis is presented with a percent reactance value, sum of total dissolved solids, and the adjusted sodium adsorption ratio.
Toggle Image 2001 Electrical Conductivity in Shallow Groundwater Map 2004 (PDF, 2.13 MB)
Description: Aerial distribution map displays 2001 electrical conductivity within 20 feet, at enterval depths of 5 feet, throughout the San Joaquin Valley.
Toggle Image 2001 Shallow Groundwater Map, San Joaquin Valley 06/23/1905 (PDF, 2.20 MB)
Description: Aerial distribution map displays 2001 shallow groundwater within 20 feet, at interval depths of 5 feet, throughout the San Joaquin Valley.
Toggle Image 2003 Shallow Groundwater Map, San Joaquin Valley 2007 (PDF, 1.41 MB)
Description: Aerial distribution map displays 2003 shallow groundwater within 20 feet, at interval depths of 5 feet, throughout the San Joaquin Valley.
Toggle Image 2003-2005 Drainage Monitoring Report, San Joaquin Valley 12/01/2010 (PDF, 5.47 MB)
Description: The Region Report brings together acreage data for present and potential drainage problem areas for the years 1991 thru 2005. Shallow groundwater maps for 2003 thru 2005, as well as, the 2005 Electrical Conductivity map are drawn from over 1,200 well measurements and data. In addition, sump drainage data with respect to flows and mineral analyses for 2003 thru 2005 are presented.
Toggle Image 2005 Electrical Conductivity in Shallow Groundwater Map 2008 (PDF, 3.15 MB)
Description: Aerial distribution map displays 2005 electrical conductivity within 20 feet, at enterval depths of 5 feet, throughout the San Joaquin Valley.
Toggle Image 2006 Shallow Groundwater Map, San Joaquin Valley 2009 (PDF, 1.62 MB)
Description: Aerial distribution map displays 2006 shallow groundwater within 20 feet, at interval depths of 5 feet, throughout the San Joaquin Valley.
Toggle Image Bulletin 250: Fish Passage Improvement Report 2005
Description: Bulletin 250 is a joint interagency document prepared through CALFED's Ecosystem Restoration Program, which identifies potential fish passage impediments and ongoing activities that address fish passage barriers within and outside of the Fish Passage Improvement Program geographic scope.
Toggle Image California Department of Water Resources 05/01/2012 (PDF, 975 KB)
Description: The California Department of Water Resources (DWR), established in 1956 by the California Legislature, plays an important role in sustaining California’s economy, environment and quality of life. DWR operates and maintains the California State Water Project (SWP), which provides drinking water and water to our farms. Other programs work to preserve the natural environment and wildlife, monitor dam safety, manage floodwaters, conserve water use, and provide technical assistance and funding for projects for local water needs. These are among many activities as DWR strives to meet the water needs of today and the future.
Toggle Image California Strategic Growth Plan: Flood Control, Water Supply & Conveyance (2008) 2008 (PDF, 136 KB)
Description: As a result of the Governor’s emergency declaration for California’s levee system in February 2006 and funding provided by the Legislature in the 2006-07 Budget, key repairs to 33 critical erosion sites protecting Central Valley communities were completed in record time. The state is now advancing funds and working with the federal government to repair 71 additional levee erosion sites damaged in the floods of 2006. An unprecedented effort to evaluate 350 miles of urban levees and 1,250 miles of non-urban levees for hidden defects has begun, and the state is leading a coordinated effort involving federal and local agencies to avoid a major flood disaster in California. California must expand its water management and delivery system, including surface storage, groundwater storage and conveyance facilities. In this phase...
Toggle Image California Water Plan 1998 Update (Bulletin 160-98) 11/01/1998
Description: In 1957, the Department published Bulletin 3, the California Water Plan. Bulletin 3 was followed by the Bulletin 160 series, published six times between 1966 and 1993, updating the California Water Plan. A 1991 amendment to the California Water Code directed the Department to update the plan every five years. Bulletin 160-98 is the latest in the series. The Bulletin 160 series assesses California’s water needs and evaluates water supplies, to quantify the gap between future water demands and water supplies. The series presents a statewide overview of current water management activities and provides water managers with a framework for making decisions.
California Water Plan 1998 Update (Bulletin 160-98)
Executive Summary (PDF, 2.20 MB)
Volume 1 (PDF, 8.65 MB)
Volume 2 (PDF, 11.95 MB)
Toggle Image Central Valley Flood Management Planning Program 06/16/2010 (PDF, 447 KB)
Description: The purpose of the Central Valley Flood Management Planning (CVFMP) Program is to improve integrated flood management in the Sacramento and San Joaquin Valleys. Legislation passed in 2007 directs the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) to develop three important documents that will guide improvement of integrated flood management: State Plan of Flood Control (SPFC) Descriptive Document; Flood Control System Status Report; and Central Valley Flood Protection Plan (CVFPP). Completion of the SPFC Descriptive Document and the Flood Control System Status Report will contribute to development of the CVFPP along with existing information and new data developed by other FloodSAFE programs and projects.
Toggle Image Central Valley Flood Management Planning Program Scoping Document - DRAFT 10/05/2009 (PDF_INACTIVE_12-29-11, NA)
Description: The Central Valley Flood Management Planning (CVFMP) Program is one of several programs being managed within FloodSAFE California (FloodSAFE). The CVFMP Program addresses most of the flood-related planning activities that were authorized by the California Legislature during the 2007/2008 session within much of the Central Valley. This version updates the maps contained in the June 2009 draft.
Toggle Image Central Valley Flood Management Planning Program: How to Get Involved 06/16/2010 (PDF, 336 KB)
Description: To support effective, efficient engagement of the many participants necessary for CVFPP development, DWR has designed a systematic and collaborative planning process that offers many options and venues for participation. The CVFMP Program provides collaborative planning and engagement opportunities in three major categories: review and coordinate development of the CVFPP, help develop content and recommendations for the CVFPP, and participate in briefings and coordination.
Toggle Image Central Valley Integrated Flood Management Study 06/01/2009 (PDF, 841 KB)
Description: This fact sheet describes the Central Valley Integrated Flood Management Study (CVIFMS) to be conducted jointly by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the California Department of Water Resources.
Toggle Image Climate Change Impacts Summary Sheet: June 2009 06/12/2009 (PDF, 359 KB)
Description: Describes the key findings of the report "Using Future Climate Projections to Support Water Resources Decision Making in California." These findings include sea level rise projects, the affects of increasing air temperature on snowmelt, and water supply reliability.
Toggle Image Climate Change Impacts on California's Water 09/02/2008 (PDF, 6.72 MB)
Description: A special edition from DWR/NEWS People (Fall 2008)
Toggle Image DWR News People Winter 2008-2009 01/05/2009 (PDF, 3.93 MB)
Description: DWR NEWS/People magazine was created with the Winter 2004 edition, and is a combination of DWR NEWS magazine and DWR People newsletter. This quarterly magazine contains information about DWR activities and employees.
Toggle Image DWR Publications (Bulletin 170-98) 2000 (PDF, 2.85 MB)
Description: Bulletin 170 is an annual online guide to the Department of Water Resources’ publications. Every year, the Department issues technical bulletins, reports, and other publications documenting the measurement, protection, use, and management of California’s water resources. Bulletin 170-98 includes summaries of all bulletins, district/division reports, newsletters, and brochures issued during 1998.
Toggle Image Department of Water Resources Publications 1998 05/01/2000 (PDF, 733 KB)
Description: Bulletin 170 is an annual online guide to the Department of Water Resources’ publications. Every year, the Department issues technical bulletins, reports, and other publications documenting the measurement, protection, use, and management of California’s water resources. Bulletin 170-98 includes summaries of all bulletins, district/division reports, newsletters, and brochures issued during 1998.
Toggle Image Depth to Top of Corcoran Clay Map, 1981 1981 (PDF, 2.26 MB)
Description: Aerial distribution map displays the 1981 depth to the top of the Corcoran Clay throughout the San Joaquin Valley.
Toggle Image Desalination Demonstration Report for Buena Vista Water Storage District 2003 (PDF, 7.30 MB)
Description: This report summarizes the results of a reverse osmosis pilot plant constructed to investigate the performance and fouling behavior of low-pressure membranes in treating subsurface agricultural drainage water within the Buena Vista Water Storage District northwest of Bakersfield, California.
Toggle Image Economic Analysis Guidebook 2008 (PDF, 417 KB)
Description: See Water Resources Engineering Memorandum (WREM) No. 66
Toggle Image Guide to Estimating Irrigation Water Needs of Landscape Plantings in CA 08/01/2000 (PDF, 4.00 MB)
Description: Part 1 describes a method for calculating landscape water needs, while Part 2 gives evaluations of water needs for individual species. Used together, they provide the information needed to estimate irrigation water needs of landscape plantings.
Toggle Image Hetch Hetchy Restoration Study 2006
Description: The restoration of Hetch Hetchy Valley on the upper Tuolumne River has once again captured the public's imagination. In order to provide for an informed dialogue about this issue, the Resources Agency has objectively evaluated the many Hetch Hetchy Valley restoration studies produced during the past two decades. In so doing, the state also recognized the great value and benefit of providing a central clearinghouse of all Hetch Hetchy restoration work. Moreover, in conducting the study, the state provided a neutral, public forum to discuss issues related to Hetch Hetchy restoration, such as water supply and water quality, flood management, cultural resources, environmental impacts, energy generation, and recreation.
Toggle Image Improving Flood Management in the Central Valley 06/17/2010 (PDF, 789 KB)
Description: Description of on-going efforts to better manage flood risk in California's Central Valley, including integrated flood management planning, risk characterization, hazard notification, building code revisions, levee status reporting, levee evaluations, and update of analytical tools.
Toggle Image Integrated On-Farm Drainage Management: A Landowners Manual 2004 (PDF, 5.30 MB)
Description: This manual serves as a guide for developing Integrated On-Farm Drainage Management systems and is the first part of an educational and outreach program to educate landowners on the advantages, disadvantages, costs, and environmental regulations involved within an IFDM.
Toggle Image Integrated On-Farm Drainage Management: A Technical Advisors Manual 2005 (PDF, 8.62 MB)
Description: This manual is the second component of the program, and is designed to provide technical consultants and support personnel with the tools they need to assist farmers with developing and implementing an effective IFDM program.
Toggle Image Ion-Exchange System at Los Banos Demonstration Facility, Technical Information Record 2000 (PDF, 10.33 MB)
Description: The report presents the results of operations conducted by DWR at its demonstration facility in Los Banos, California, between 1984 and 1986. The Facility was the principal feature of DWR's Reverse Osmosis Demonstration Project, which was designed to test the feasibility of disposing of agricultural drainage water by reclamation and reuse in California's San Joaquin Valley.
Toggle Image Managing an Uncertain Future: Climate Change Adaptation Strategies for California's Water 10/01/2008 (PDF, 2.04 MB)
Description: DWR presents this report as part of the process of updating the California Water Plan, and as part of the California Resources Agency's draft statewide Climate Adaptation Plan. Overall, this report urges a new approach to managing California's water and other natural resources in the face of a changing climate.
Toggle Image Meeting the Challenge of Improving Flood Management in the Central Valley 10/15/2009
Description: Created for the Central Valley Flood Management Planning Program to display at public forums and meetings, these posters describe the activities DWR and its partners are undertaking to address the challenges of improving flood management in the Central Valley, such as developing the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan for 2012.
"Meeting the Challenge" of Improving Flood Management in the Central Valley
Flood-Related Risks in the Central Valley (PDF, 270 KB)
Flood Management Implementation Activities (PDF, 209 KB)
Building on Existing Information and Developing New Data (PDF, 1.75 MB)
Central Valley Flood Protection Plan (PDF, 209 KB)
Toggle Image Progress on Incorporating Climate Change into Planning... 07/01/2006 (PDF, 6.33 MB)
Description: The purpose of this report is to demonstrate how various analysis tools currently used by DWR could be used to address issues related to climate change. The methods and results presented in this report could be used to guide future climate change analysis and to identify areas where more information is needed.
Toggle Image SB 610/SB 221 Guidebook 10/08/2003
Description: Guidebook for Implementation of Senate Bill 610 and Senate Bill 221 of 2001 to assist water suppliers, cities, and counties in integrating water and land use planning. Prepared by the California Department of Water Resources
Director's Letter (PDF, 45 KB)
Guidebook (PDF, 961 KB)
Toggle Image Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Boundary 01/10/2011 (ZIP, 695 KB)
Description: This compressed file contains GIS shape files indicating the boundary of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley for the purposes of preparing the 2012 Central Valley Flood Protection Plan and for other efforts to fulfill the requirements of 2007 flood legislation. The boundaries are based on the National Resource Conservation Service watershed definitions approved by the State of California in 2009, DWR’s CalWater 2.2 watershed delineations, and the legal boundaries of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
Toggle Image Salt Separation & Purification Concepts in IFDM Systems 2003 (PDF, 1.16 MB)
Description: UC Davis study on salt separation and utilization
Toggle Image Selenium Removal at Adams Avenue Agricultural Drainage Research Center 05/01/2004 (PDF, 5.44 MB)
Description: Summarizes the results of the various biological processes that were tested with the purpose of reducing or removing selenium from agricultural subsurface drainage water at the Adams Avenue Agricultural Drainage Research Center in Western, Fresno County, California. The report is the product of cooperative work among the California Department of Water Resources, The Engineering Research Institute of California State University Fresno, Westlands Water District, and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.
Toggle Image Selenium Removal from Agricultural Drainage Water: Lab Scale Studies 2004 (PDF, 1.06 MB)
Description: The report covers experimental work done from July 2001 through June 2004 and is an evaluation of the selenium removal from agricultural drainage water and synthetic solutions contaminated with high amounts of selenium. The techniques for selenium removal include, 1) Adsorption using commercially available adsorbents, 2) Reduction using metallic particles and 3) Immobilization via precipitation of selenium form contaminated agricultural drainage water.
Toggle Image Urban Drought Guidebook 2008 (PDF, 2.70 MB)
Description: To help local agencies and communities prepare for the possibility of another dry year and possible water supply interruptions, the Department of Water Resources is pleased to publish this updated version of the Urban Drought Guidebook. Drought, climate change, natural disasters, and environmental protections can all affect water supplies. Good planning and preparation can help agencies maintain reliable supplies and reduce the impacts of supply interruptions.
Toggle Image Use of Sodium Sulfate Separated from Agricultural Drainage Water in Glass Making: Final Report 2006 (PDF, 4.26 MB)
Description: Prepared for DWR by UC Davis, Departments of Geology & Biological and Agricultural Engineering
Toggle Image Using Future Climate Projections to Support Water Resources Decision Making in California 05/30/2009 (PDF, 3.87 MB)
Description: This paper presents several advances in using future climate projection information in water resources planning, such as an improved understanding of how well selected climate models represent historical climate conditions and refined methodologies for representing streamflows, outdoor urban and agricultural water demands, and sea level rise in planning tools. Twelve climate projections were used to assess the future reliability of California’s main water supply projects.
Toggle Image Water Conservation News October 2002 10/01/2002 (PDF, 508 KB)
Description: Water Conservation News provides information on water use efficiency developments. This free newsletter is published quarterly by the California Department of Water Resources, Office of Water Use Efficiency.

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