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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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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 Albert and Einstein Activity Book 2001
Description: From mazes to coloring pages, DWR’s water safety mascots Albert and Einstein take you with them on their journey along the California Aqueduct and to one of the many reservoirs of the State Water Project. Albert, the fish, teaches water safety tips to Einstein, the heron.
Toggle Image Albert and Einstein Activity Book (Spanish) 2001
Description: From mazes to coloring pages, DWR’s water safety mascots Albert and Einstein take you with them on their journey along the California Aqueduct and to one of the many reservoirs of the State Water Project. Albert, the fish, teaches water safety tips to Einstein, the heron.
Toggle Image All Water Projects and Rivers Informational Maps 05/01/2000 (JPG, 32 KB)
Description: This relief map of California shows all of the rivers and various water projects that comprise the water delivery system for California. The nature of California's geography, climate, and the location of its population, industry and agriculture have all influenced the State's development and the creation of water storage and distribution projects.
Toggle Image Banks Pumping Plant 12/01/1996
Description: Located in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, Banks Pumping Plant lifts water 244 feet into the beginning of the California Aqueduct. The brochure, which also mentions Skinner Fish Facility, explains the role of Banks Pumping Plant as part of the SWP.
This publication is not available electronically. To inquire further, please contact:
Publications Clerk at (916) 653-1097 or imr-publications@water.ca.gov.
Toggle Image California's State Water Project 12/01/2002 (PDF, 1.43 MB)
Description: This brochure briefly explains the importance of the SWP to California. It covers the SWP’s history and financing, its benefits and facilities, and environmental projects
Toggle Image California's State Water Project (Spanish) 12/01/2002
Description: This brochure briefly explains the importance of the SWP to California. It covers the SWP’s history and financing, its benefits and facilities, and environmental projects.
This publication is not available electronically. To inquire further, please contact:
Publications Clerk at (916) 653-1097 or imr-publications@water.ca.gov.
Toggle Image Castaic Lake (West Branch) 11/01/2007 (PDF, 460 KB)
Description: Located in Southern California, Castaic Lake is the terminal reservoir on the West Branch of the State Water Project. Castaic Lake and Castaic Lagoon, with their wide variety of water sports, are popular with Southern Californians.
Toggle Image Coastal Branch 07/01/1998
Description: The Coastal Branch is the largest water development project undertaken by the Department in the past decade. The publication discusses how the system of underground pipelines, tunnels, and pumping plants serves water users in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties.
This publication is not available electronically. To inquire further, please contact:
Publications Clerk at (916) 653-1097 or imr-publications@water.ca.gov.
Toggle Image Coastal Branch Brochure 08/01/2012 (PDF, 430 KB)
Description: Planned, designed, constructed and operated by the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), the State Water Project (SWP) is the largest statebuilt, multi-purpose, user-financed water project in the United States.
Toggle Image DWR News Fall 1996 09/01/1996 (PDF, 4.10 MB)
Description: Articles: After Forty Years From Controversy to Cooperation Home Stretch for the Coastal Mission Impossible Different Times Picotrial - At the End of the Line
Toggle Image DWR News Fall 1999 09/01/1999 (PDF, 13.04 MB)
Description: DWR News magazine was a quarterly magazine containing information about DWR activities. In Winter 2004, it was combined with the DWR People newsletter to create the DWR NEWS/People magazine.
Toggle Image DWR News People 50th Anniversary 2006 (PDF, 32.77 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 News People Fall 2005 09/01/2005 (PDF, 4.76 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 News People Fall 2006 09/01/2006 (PDF, 25.48 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 News People Fall 2007 09/01/2007 (PDF, 5.92 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 News People Fall 2009 10/30/2009 (PDF, 6.30 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 News People Spring 2004 03/01/2004 (PDF, 3.59 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 News People Spring 2005 03/01/2005 (PDF, 3.57 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 News People Spring 2007 03/01/2007 (PDF, 3.63 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 News People Spring 2008 03/01/2008 (PDF, 8.04 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 News People Summer 2004 06/01/2004 (PDF, 882 KB)
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 News People Summer 2005 06/01/2005 (PDF, 5.21 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 News People Winter 2004-2005 2005 (PDF, 871 KB)
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 News People Winter 2006-2007 2007 (PDF, 3.49 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 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 News Special Edition 2000 2000 (PDF, 13.45 MB)
Description: DWR News magazine was a quarterly magazine containing information about DWR activities. In Winter 2004, it was combined with the DWR People newsletter to create the DWR NEWS/People magazine.
Toggle Image DWR News Spring 1996 03/01/1996 (PDF, 4.04 MB)
Description: DWR News magazine was a quarterly magazine containing information about DWR activities. In Winter 2004, it was combined with the DWR People newsletter to create the DWR NEWS/People magazine.
Toggle Image DWR News Summer 2002 06/01/2002 (PDF, 1.89 MB)
Description: DWR News magazine was a quarterly magazine containing information about DWR activities. In Winter 2004, it was combined with the DWR People newsletter to create the DWR NEWS/People magazine.
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 Devil Canyon Powerplant 06/01/1998
Description: This brochure describes the largest of three hydroelectric power plants on the East Branch of the State Water Project. It also explains the roles of Pelton wheel turbines in producing electricity and the power plants’ two afterbays for allowing flexibility in power generation operations.
This publication is not available electronically. To inquire further, please contact:
Publications Clerk at (916) 653-1097 or imr-publications@water.ca.gov.
Toggle Image Edmonston Pumping Plant 10/01/1999
Description: Edmonston Pumping Plant lifts water higher than any other single lift pumping plant in the world—almost 2,000 feet up the Tehachapi Mountains— through a series of tunnels into Southern California. The brochure discusses the plant’s design, its seismic safety features, and availability for tours.
This publication is not available electronically. To inquire further, please contact:
Publications Clerk at (916) 653-1097 or imr-publications@water.ca.gov.
Toggle Image Feather River Fish Hatchery 06/01/2001 (PDF, 530 KB)
Description: The hatchery began its operations in 1967 to compensate for spawning grounds lost when Oroville Dam was constructed. The brochure explains how the different hatchery facilities work and what happens during the artificial spawning operations. It provides visitors with a self-guided tour of the hatchery. One side shows a step-by step overview of the hatchery operations. The other side shows the life cycle of chinook salmon.
Toggle Image Final EIR for the Simulation of Natural Flows in the Middle Piru Creek 2005 (PDF, 9.60 MB)
Description: Final EIR for the Simulation of Natural Flows in the Middle Piru Creek, prepared by Aspen Environmental Group for the Department of Water Resources.
Toggle Image Fishes of the Lake Oroville Area 06/01/2008 (PDF, 1.19 MB)
Description: The Lake Oroville Area encompasses five main bodies of water: Lake Orovile, Thermalito Forebay and Diversion Pool, Thermalito Afterbay, Feather River downstream from Lake Oroville, and Oroville Wildlife Area. Locations are noted for each fish species. Poster also denotes introduced species. Fish images are not to scale.
Toggle Image Fishing Along the SWP 2001 (PDF, 668 KB)
Description: The Aqueduct is a popular fishing hole. This brochure explains basic safety tips and safety features of the canal. It also provides the location of the 16 access sites on the Aqueduct.
Toggle Image Fishing Along the SWP (Spanish) 03/01/2001
Description: The Aqueduct is a popular fishing hole. This brochure explains basic safety tips and safety features of the canal. It also provides the location of the 16 access sites on the Aqueduct.
This publication is not available electronically. To inquire further, please contact:
Publications Clerk at (916) 653-1097 or imr-publications@water.ca.gov.
Toggle Image Fishing Along the SWP (Vietnamese/Lao/ Hmong/Cambodian) 06/01/2001
Description: The Aqueduct is a popular fishing hole. This brochure explains basic safety tips and safety features of the canal. It also provides the location of the 16 access sites on the Aqueduct.
This publication is not available electronically. To inquire further, please contact:
Publications Clerk at (916) 653-1097 or imr-publications@water.ca.gov.
Toggle Image IEP - 2002.0522 Science Advisory Group May 22, 2002 Review of Environmental Monitoring Program 05/22/2002 (PDF, 204 KB)
Description: A core element of the Interagency Ecological Program (IEP) is the Environmental Monitoring Program (EMP), mandated by the State Water Resources Control Board to document the changing status of water quality and biological communities in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and downstream embayments of San Francisco Bay. Sustained, uninterrupted operation of the EMP for over 30 years is a remarkable achievement that in many ways serves as a model of successful state-federal partnership in environmental monitoring, providing one of the longest and most valuable records of combined water quality-biological monitoring in the U.S. Members of the IEP Science Advisory Group (SAG), including outside specialists recruited for the EMP technical review, unanimously endorsed the Environmental Monitoring Program.
Toggle Image IEP - 2003.0807 EMP Response to 2002 IEP SAG Review 08/07/2003 (PDF, 1.53 MB)
Description: The IEP Science Advisory Group (SAG) provided an independent scientific review of the IEP Environmental Monitoring Program (EMP) as part of this program’s 2001-2002 comprehensive programmatic review. Here, the EMP review core team (including Wim Kimmerer) provides a written response to the SAG review dated May 22, 2002. The core team is particularly thankful for SAG comments regarding the basis for the EMP. These comments led to an intense and productive exploration of program aims and the conceptual basis for the EMP sampling design, yielding a much improved basis for the program and sampling design. As its “primary recommendation,” the SAG called for the EMP to focus on rapidly turning data into useful products by increasing the program’s "human intellectual investment" and working with outside researchers.
Toggle Image IEP - 2004.1201 Long-term Fish Monitoring Program Element Review 12/01/2004 (PDF, 2.79 MB)
Description: In spring 2004, we initiated a review of the Interagency Ecological Program fish monitoring program elements on behalf of the IEP Management Team. These elements constitute a substantial portion of IEP’s overall monitoring efforts. They represent some of IEP’s longest standing monitoring elements (also referred to as surveys) collecting data used for decades by scientists and resource managers throughout the San Francisco Estuary. As requested, this is a programmatic review to assemble relevant information that can help in the ongoing management and implementation of IEP. In addition, IEP management expects to use this information in decisions about performing more in-depth reviews of program elements and in setting overall program priorities and resource commitments.
Toggle Image IEP - 2006.0505 Delta Smelt Review-Science Advisory Group Report 05/05/2006 (PDF, 78 KB)
Description: On April 13/14, the IEP Science Advisory Group (SAG) met with IEP staff to review the current IEP effort monitoring and studying delta smelt. The purpose of this meeting was to examine current sampling programs and strategies with regard to their utility and value towards understanding what factors influence the health, i.e. the abundance, of delta smelt populations, and hence towards managing water project operations in the Delta that affect delta smelt. This report summarizes the key findings that the SAG believes deserve the most attention by IEP, including: 1. Delta smelt review epitomizes what IEP can and should accomplish.; 2. The power of collaboration; 3. Existing monitoring program needs to be continued with wome critical re-evaluation; 4. Use of data in management actions; 5. It's more of a POD than just a delta smelt issue.
Toggle Image IEP - 2006.0505.2 Science Advisory Group Report on the SAG's 2005-2006 Programmatic Review of IEP's Delta Smelt Program 05/05/2006 (PDF, NA)
Description: This document is comprised of two distinct but interrelated parts: (1) An independent review by the Scientific Advisory Group (SAG) of the Interagency Ecological Program’s delta smelt work that includes the SAG’s recommendations for improving the work and; (2) The IEP’s draft response to the findings and recommendations contained in the SAG Report. The SAG Report appears in its unaltered original font and formatting and the IEP draft responses to each recommendation are shown in bold. Cited references appear at the end of this document. The purpose was to examine current sampling programs and strategies with regard to their utility and value towards understanding what factors influence the health, i.e. the abundance, of delta smelt populations, and hence towards managing water project operations in the Delta that affect Delta Smelt.
Toggle Image IEP - 2008.0404 Moving the Interagency Ecological Program Into the Future, CALFED ISB, April 4, 2008 04/04/2008 (PDF, NA)
Description: As part of its mandate to oversee the quality and use of Science in the Bay-Delta system, the CALFED Independent Science Board (ISB) has been conducting a broad review of the Interagency Ecological Program (IEP). The goal of this effort is to promote innovation in and modernization of the program as well as integration with efforts outside of the Delta. Most importantly, the ISB feels strongly that on-going planning efforts such as Delta Vision and the Bay-Delta Conservation Plan must begin incorporating monitoring and research in general, and the IEP specifically, into their strategic planning. We encourage you, as IEP Directors, to engage with Delta Vision, BDCP and the CALFED Science Program in this regard.
Toggle Image IEP - 2008.0717 Response to CALFED ISB report "Moving the IEP into the Future" 07/17/2008 (PDF, 1.53 MB)
Description: This is a response to a April 4, 2008 letter to the Interagency Ecological Program (IEP) Directors regarding the CALFED Independent Science Board's (ISB) recommendations for the Future. Some of the ISB's recommendations are related to activities the IEP already performs, or that it could accomplish through its existing governance structure and funding sources. These include expanding data analysis and publications capabilities; increasing integration and collaboration with other monitoring and research programs within and outside the Delta; strategically analyzing current monitoring efforts, including protocols and locations; and increasing periodic, independent review of program elements and assessing the program's response to those review. Other ISB recommendations are beyond the current IEP scope and the BDCP may be able to help.
Toggle Image Lake Oroville Recreation 03/01/2000 (PDF, 988 KB)
Description: This handy brochure provides valuable information to the recreationist looking for things to do in and around the lake. One side describes the activities available and the other provides a detailed map of where and how to get there.
Toggle Image Lake Perris 09/01/1997
Description: The SWP’s southernmost reservoir is explained in this publication, which also discusses the benefits it provides such as water storage and fish and wildlife enhancement. Lake Perris is also one of the most heavily used recreational lakes in the State Park system.
This publication is not available electronically. To inquire further, please contact:
Publications Clerk at (916) 653-1097 or imr-publications@water.ca.gov.
Toggle Image M & T Chico Ranch Conjunctive Use Investigation Phase III Report 12/01/1996 (PDF, 10.43 MB)
Description: This phase reassesses the potential water supply available through conjuntive use and estimates program costs, impact mitigation, institutional constraints, and evnrionmental compliance requirements. In addition, this report documents and presents the findings from previous aquifer testing and well development with the lower-confined Tuscan Formation aquifer. The investigation was undertaken as a part of the Groundwater Development effort of the State Water Project Future Supply Program.
Toggle Image NBA AIP NOP (Department of Water Resources, North Bay Aqueduct, Alternative Intake Project, Notice of Preparation) 11/01/2009 (PDF, NA)
Description: NOTICE OF PREPARATION, ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT FOR THE NORTH BAY, AQUEDUCT ALTERNATIVE INTAKE PROJECT
Toggle Image North Bay Aqueduct 12/01/1996
Description: The brochure discusses the two-phased construction of the North Bay Aqueduct, along with a description of the delivery system which includes 27 miles of underground pipelines and two pumping plants. The aqueduct serves water users in Napa and Solano counties.
This publication is not available electronically. To inquire further, please contact:
Publications Clerk at (916) 653-1097 or imr-publications@water.ca.gov.
Toggle Image Oroville Facilities: Highlights of the Settlement Agreement for Licensing 03/10/2006 (PDF, 3.21 MB)
Description: Since 1968, the Oroville Facilities have provided power generation, water supply, flood management, water quality improvement in the Sacramento- San Joaquin Delta, recreation, and fish and wildlife enhancement benefits to millions of Californians. The facilities currently operate under a license issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that expires on January 31, 2007. This document provides highlights of a proposed Settlement Agreement among DWR and stakeholders, including regulatory agencies, that will be submitted to FERC for its consideration in continuing these benefits under a new 50-year license. The Settlement Agreement also includes measures that are intended to satisfy the respective authorities of the State and Federal regulatory agencies under the Federal Power Act and Clean Water Act.
Toggle Image Oroville Visitors Center Promotional Flyer 2000
Description: Find out what visitors to the center can see and learn. It also includes information on recreation at Lake Oroville, contacts, and the Internet address of the “Come Visit Lake Oroville” Web site. This promotional flyer is designed for retail displays.
This publication is not available electronically. To inquire further, please contact:
Publications Clerk at (916) 653-1097 or imr-publications@water.ca.gov.
Toggle Image Oroville-Thermalito Complex 11/01/2008 (PDF, 439 KB)
Description: Lake Oroville is the SWP’s largest reservoir, impounded by the nation’s tallest dam. The lake is part of a complex that includes the Thermalito facilities and provides the capacity for a pumped back operation for power generation. This descriptive brochure also includes information on Hyatt Powerplant located in a cavern beneath Lake Oroville.
Toggle Image Problems of the Lower San Joaquin River Influencing the 1963 Salmon Run 01/15/1964 (PDF, 2.45 MB)
Description: Studies conducted by the Delta Fish and Wildlife Protection Study defined a problem relating to the upstream migration of adult salmon caused by flow reversal and pollution in the lower San Joaquin River area. Further studies are underway to solve this problem in the future. These studies indicated that during 1961 and 1962 flow reversal and pollution from cannery waste discharges did exist in the San Joaquin River during the September-October period when adult salmon are normally migrating. The salmon runs in all of the tributaries of the San Joaquin River were drastically reduced for each of these two years, decreasing from approximately 50,000 fish to under 3,000. Water development projects, which are perhaps the principal reasons for past declines, may well become the means for restoration of the salmon.
Toggle Image Pyramid Lake (West Branch) 05/01/2000 (PDF, 271 KB)
Description: This brochure describes Pyramid Lake, located along Interstate 5 in northern Los Angeles County. The lake provides water storage, flood protection, and recreation for Southern California. Part of it can be seen from Vista del Lago Visitors Center, one of DWR’s three information centers.
Toggle Image Quail Lake (West Branch) 07/01/1997 (PDF, 827 KB)
Description: The smallest of SWP lakes, Quail Lake was created by a cataclysmic movement of the San Andreas fault. It was enlarged to move water across the infamous fault and now serves to regulate water storage for power generation at Warne Powerplant.
Toggle Image Review of the Bay Program by the Science Advisory Group 10/01/1999 (PDF, 49 KB)
Description: The SAG had several comments and recommendations for the IEP, with regard to the Bay Program: I. Fisheries and macroinvertegrate monitoring is extremely important and should be continued; II. Both people and funding resources have been diverted from the Bay program by competing demands for DFG expertise. This diversion of resources has been to the detriment of the program. A renewed commitment to the program is needed. III. The SAG identified 4 goals that have guided the program. These goals should be consulted frequently to make sure that the program is on focus. IV Data collection and enumeration of fishes has dominated the first 20 years of the program and this monitoring must continue, but the program must also evolve with increased resources for analysis and synthesis to explain the mechanisms behind the patterns observed.
Toggle Image Romero Visitors Center Promotional Flyer 10/01/1999
Description: This flyer is designed for retail display near San Luis Reservoir. Overlooking San Luis Reservoir, the center provides a sweeping view of Sisk Dam which impounds the reservoir. Inside are exhibits about the reservoir and the SWP. The brochure provides the center’s phone number and hours.
This publication is not available electronically. To inquire further, please contact:
Publications Clerk at (916) 653-1097 or imr-publications@water.ca.gov.
Toggle Image SWP Delivery Reliability Report 2005 04/01/2006 (PDF, 6.29 MB)
Description: The Department of Water Resources (DWR) is issuing this report to update information presented in the first report of this series, The State Water Project Delivery Reliability Report 2002, which was finalized in 2003 after an extensive public review. A draft of the The State Water Project Delivery Reliability Report 2005 underwent a 30-day public review during November and December 2005.
Toggle Image SWP Delivery Reliability Report 2007 08/01/2008 (PDF, 3.77 MB)
Description: This report on water delivery reliability of the SWP represents the current state of water affairs and future delivery scenerios if no action is taken.
Toggle Image SWP Seismic Loading Criteria Report 09/01/2012 (PDF, 11.30 MB)
Description: The State Water Project (SWP) is considered a critical lifeline for California. Earthquakes pose one of the greatest risks to this vital lifeline. Therefore, the selection of seismic loading criteria becomes critical when designing new facilities or evaluating the safety of existing facilities. This report provides design engineers with a guideline in selecting appropriate seismic loading criteria for a wide variety of SWP facilities including dams, canals, pipelines, tunnels, check structures, bridges, buildings, pumping and power plants, and utility overcrossings. The seismic design load shall be selected based on the criticality of a facility and consequences of failure. Most critical facilities are expected to be functional immediately after an earthquake and thereby should experience very limited damage.
Toggle Image San Luis Joint-Use Complex 05/01/2003
Description: The San Luis Complex is jointly owned and operated by the State and federal governments. This publication takes a look at the historical events that led to the construction of San Luis Reservoir, the nation’s largest offstream reservoir, and briefly explains the other facilities within the complex and their operations.
This publication is not available electronically. To inquire further, please contact:
Publications Clerk at (916) 653-1097 or imr-publications@water.ca.gov.
Toggle Image San Luis Joint-Use Complex Brochure 10/01/2002 (PDF, 5.48 MB)
Description: Planned, designed, constructed, maintained, and operated by the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), the State Water Project (SWP) is the largest state-built, multipurpose water project in the United States.
Toggle Image Security at State Water Project Reservoirs 03/01/2011 (PDF, 2.10 MB)
Description: Since September 11, 2001, the Department of Water Resources has tightened security procedures at all SWP facilities. Learn more about these restrictions in this brochure.
Toggle Image Silverwood Lake (East Branch) 02/01/1997
Description: At an elevation of 3,355 feet, Silverwood Lake is the highest Project reservoir in Southern California. The publication describes how the lake provides water storage, fish and wildlife enhancement, and recreation.
This publication is not available electronically. To inquire further, please contact:
Publications Clerk at (916) 653-1097 or imr-publications@water.ca.gov.
Toggle Image Skinner Fish Facility 09/01/1997
Description: This brochure describes a DWR facility that plays an important role in protecting Bay-Delta fish. At Skinner Fish Facility, an average of 15 million fish a year are diverted away from the pumps at Banks Pumping Plant and returned safely to the Delta.
This publication is not available electronically. To inquire further, please contact:
Publications Clerk at (916) 653-1097 or imr-publications@water.ca.gov.
Toggle Image South Bay Aqueduct (Lake Del Valle and Bethany Reservoir) 04/01/2001 (PDF, 139 KB)
Description: A partially completed South Bay Aqueduct was the first SWP system to deliver water. In this brochure, learn how water is delivered from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to Alameda and Santa Clara counties. Along the Aqueduct, Lake Del Valle is a popular Bay area recreation spot and provides flood control and water storage.
Toggle Image State Water Project Location and Profile Maps 10/01/2003
Description: On the front of this 8 1/2 by 11-inch page handout is a map of the alignment of SWP facilities. On the reverse is a brief summary of why, where, when, and who paid for the SWP. (English 10/03, Also in Chinese 2/89; Japanese, German 2/89, and Spanish 10/03)
This publication is not available electronically. To inquire further, please contact:
Publications Clerk at (916) 653-1097 or imr-publications@water.ca.gov.
Toggle Image State Water Project Location and Profile Maps (Chinese) 02/01/1989
Description: On the front of this 8 1/2 by 11-inch page handout is a map of the alignment of SWP facilities. On the reverse is a brief summary of why, where, when, and who paid for the SWP.
This publication is not available electronically. To inquire further, please contact:
Publications Clerk at (916) 653-1097 or imr-publications@water.ca.gov.
Toggle Image State Water Project Location and Profile Maps (German) 02/01/1989
Description: On the front of this 8 1/2 by 11-inch page handout is a map of the alignment of SWP facilities. On the reverse is a brief summary of why, where, when, and who paid for the SWP.
This publication is not available electronically. To inquire further, please contact:
Publications Clerk at (916) 653-1097 or imr-publications@water.ca.gov.
Toggle Image State Water Project Location and Profile Maps (Japanese) 02/01/1989
Description: On the front of this 8 1/2 by 11-inch page handout is a map of the alignment of SWP facilities. On the reverse is a brief summary of why, where, when, and who paid for the SWP.
This publication is not available electronically. To inquire further, please contact:
Publications Clerk at (916) 653-1097 or imr-publications@water.ca.gov.
Toggle Image State Water Project Location and Profile Maps (Spanish) 10/01/2003
Description: On the front of this 8 1/2 by 11-inch page handout is a map of the alignment of SWP facilities. On the reverse is a brief summary of why, where, when, and who paid for the SWP.
This publication is not available electronically. To inquire further, please contact:
Publications Clerk at (916) 653-1097 or imr-publications@water.ca.gov.
Toggle Image State Water Project Monthly Operations Data 02/01/2005
Description: These monthly summaries provide the daily and monthly status of the State Water Project's water and power operations. Revisions to this data will appear in the Annual Report of Operations reflecting corrections made in the monthly summaries.
Toggle Image State Water Project Recreation Facilities (July 2009) 07/01/2009 (PDF, 586 KB)
Description: This handy brochure lists the kinds of recreation available at different SWP lakes and reservoirs. It provides phone numbers and addresses of the parties responsible for recreation at each site.
Toggle Image State Water Project Recreation Facilities -- Spanish (July 2009) 07/01/2009 (PDF, 474 KB)
Description: Spanish version, SWP recreation brochure
Toggle Image State Water Projects Informational Map 05/01/2000 (JPG, 35 KB)
Description: This relief map of California shows the water projects that the Department manages as part of the water delivery system for California. The nature of California's geography, climate, and the location of its population, industry and agriculture have all influenced the State's development and the creation of water storage and distribution projects.
Toggle Image Staying Safe on the California Aqueduct with Albert and Einstein 2000
Description: With the help of DWR’s water safety mascots Albert and Einstein, this brochure teaches children how to be safe while fishing along the California Aqueduct.
Toggle Image The California Aqueduct 03/01/1999
Description: The history, features, and operation of the California Aqueduct are described. The main stem of the California Aqueduct consists of 385 miles of concrete-lined open canal and 59 miles of tunnels, siphons, and pipelines. It transports up to 3 million acre feet of water each year to SWP urban and agricultural users. It also includes information about biking along the California Aqueduct.
This publication is not available electronically. To inquire further, please contact:
Publications Clerk at (916) 653-1097 or imr-publications@water.ca.gov.
Toggle Image Upper Feather River Lakes 08/01/1987
Description: The three Upper Feather River Lakes—Antelope, Frenchman, and Davis—provide local water supply, releases for fish habitat, and great fishing. This brochure explains the history, describes recreational opportunities, and provides statistics of each lake.
This publication is not available electronically. To inquire further, please contact:
Publications Clerk at (916) 653-1097 or imr-publications@water.ca.gov.
Toggle Image Visitor Centers 05/01/2003
Description: Find out what to expect when you visit DWR’s three visitors centers: Lake Oroville Visitors Center, Romero Overlook Visitors Center, and Vista del Lago Visitors Center. This promotional brochure includes contacts and other SWP facilities to tour by arrangement. It is designed for display and distribution in display racks at motels, restaurants and other retail outlets in the vicinity of DWR’s three visitors centers.
This publication is not available electronically. To inquire further, please contact:
Publications Clerk at (916) 653-1097 or imr-publications@water.ca.gov.
Toggle Image Vista Del Lago Visitors Center Promotional Flyer 10/01/2000
Description: This flyer is about DWR’s premiere water information Center. It provides a summary of Vista del Lago Visitors Center and its surrounding recreational opportunities. The flyer, which is designed for retail displays, also includes contact numbers and DWR’s Web site.
This publication is not available electronically. To inquire further, please contact:
Publications Clerk at (916) 653-1097 or imr-publications@water.ca.gov.
Toggle Image Vista Del Lago Visitors Guide 06/01/2003
Description: The Vista Del Lago Visitors Guide provides a self-guided tour of this water education center and describes the exhibits in each of the center’s rooms. The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and the U.S. Forest Service also feature displays. The center is just off Interstate 5 in northern Los Angeles County.
This publication is not available electronically. To inquire further, please contact:
Publications Clerk at (916) 653-1097 or imr-publications@water.ca.gov.
Toggle Image Vista Del Lago Visitors Guide (Spanish) 06/01/2003
Description: The Vista Del Lago Visitors Guide provides a self-guided tour of this water education center and describes the exhibits in each of the center’s rooms. The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and the U.S. Forest Service also feature displays. The center is just off Interstate 5 in northern Los Angeles County.
This publication is not available electronically. To inquire further, please contact:
Publications Clerk at (916) 653-1097 or imr-publications@water.ca.gov.
Toggle Image Vista del Lago Visitors Guide Jan 2011 2011 (PDF, 226 KB)
Description: The Vista Del Lago Visitors Guide provides a self-guided tour of this water education center and describes the exhibits in each of the center’s rooms. The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and the U.S. Forest Service also feature displays. The center is just off Interstate 5 in northern Los Angeles County.
Toggle Image Warne Powerplant (West Branch) 10/01/1996
Description: Warne Powerplant, located on the West Branch of the SWP’s California Aqueduct, was designed to recapture energy used to pump water over the Tehachapi Mountains. The publication discusses its power generation operations.
This publication is not available electronically. To inquire further, please contact:
Publications Clerk at (916) 653-1097 or imr-publications@water.ca.gov.
Toggle Image Water Quality Assessment of the State Water Project, 1998-99 07/01/2000 (PDF, 1.87 MB)
Description: This report describes water quality in the State Water Project during 1998-99. The Executive Summary covers important drinking water parameters such as salinity and trihalomethane precursors. The rest of the report assesses all parameters including metals and pesticides. Division of Operations and Maintenance, Environmental Assessment Branch
Toggle Image Water Quality Conditions in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta During 1996 07/31/2001 (PDF, 5.88 MB)
Description: Water year 1996 was classified as a wet year with an average stream flow similar or somewhat above that in 1993. As in many recent years, snow pack water content was below average and precipitation was high early in the spring. Dilution associated with the high stream flow produced low nutrient and specific conductance, and high dissolved oxygen concentrations compared with drier years - especially the recent drought years 1987-1992. However, the pattern of highest nutrient concentration in the winter among seasons and in the south delta among regions persisted. Water quality conditions in 1996 were also characterized by comparatively higher Secchi disk depth than in the early 1970's. Further, even though 1996 was a wet year, the dissolved oxygen concentration in the Stockton Ship Channel was below the USEPA and RWQCB standards.
Toggle Image Water Safety 05/01/2002 (PDF, 645 KB)
Description: Through this brochure, learn how to be safe while enjoying the SWP’s lakes and reservoirs, as well as along the California Aqueduct. The brochure points out hazards along the aqueduct and explains the "drownproofing" method.
Toggle Image Water Safety (Spanish) 05/01/2002 (PDF, 651 KB)
Description: Through this brochure, learn how to be safe while enjoying the SWP’s lakes and reservoirs, as well as along the California Aqueduct. The brochure points out hazards along the aqueduct and explains the "drownproofing" method.
Toggle Image Water Safety Materials Catalog 07/16/2002 (PDF, 2.01 MB)
Description: The SWP was built with recreation as a project purpose and offers 37 recreational sites, including 18 fishing access sites, most along the California Aqueduct. To help you learn more about water safety while visiting SWP lakes and reservoirs and the California Aqueduct, DWR’s Office of Water Education (OWE) offers several publications for children and adults. This publication provides a listing of the most recent publishing date for each publication, along with a brief summary of the contents.

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