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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

In addition to this Publications Repository, the Department of Water Resources publications, including those that are now out-of-print, are distributed to many California libraries and to libraries in other states and the District of Columbia. WorldCat.org is a useful web site to search library collections in your community and thousands more around the world.

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Toggle Image 2002 Shallow Groundwater Map with closeup plates, San Joaquin Valley 2004 (PDF, 2.94 MB)
Description: Aerial distribution map displays 2002 shallow groundwater within 20 feet, at interval depths of 5 feet, throughout the San Joaquin Valley. The two closeup plates emphasize Grasslands & Westlands (Plate 1A) and Tulare & Kern (Plate 1B) areas.
Toggle Image A Guide to Estimating Irrigation Water Needs of Landscape Plantings in California, WUCOLS 08/01/2000 (PDF, 4.00 MB)
Description: The Landscape Coefficient Method (LCM) describes a method of estimating irrigation needs of landscape plantings in California. It is intended as a guide for landscape professionals. It includes information that is based on research and on field experience (observation). Readers are advised that LCM calculations give estimates of water needs, not exact values, and adjustments to irrigation amounts may be needed in the field.
Toggle Image Agroclimatic Monitoring in the San Joaquin Valley 1958-1991 1991
Description: The report documents solar radiation, pan evaporation, atmometer evaporation, air temperature, wind movement and soil temperature at about 20 locations in the San Joaquin Valley from 1958 through 1991. The data is summarized as weekly, monthly and normalized values.
Introduction (PDF, 522 KB)
Section1 (PDF, 269 KB)
Section2 (PDF, 370 KB)
Section3 (PDF, 269 KB)
Section4 (PDF, 339 KB)
Section5 (PDF, 202 KB)
Section6 (PDF, 99 KB)
Section7 (PDF, 110 KB)
Toggle Image Crop Water Use in California (Bulletin 113-4) 04/01/1986 (PDF, 9.51 MB)
Description: Bulletin 113-4 is the fourth in a series of Department publications that provides the basis for estimating per-acre evapotranspiration of water and the quanities of water applied by irrigation. The data presented was collected during 1973 through 1983.
Toggle Image Crop Water Use, A Guide for Scheduling Irrigations, 1977 - 1991 03/01/1993
Description: The report summarizes estimates of crop water use calculated by DWR for seven or eight crops and provided to cooperating farm advisors, researchers, and consultants in the three southern counties in the San Joaquin Valley from 1977 through 1991. The estimates are available as weekly, monthly and normalized values for these years.
mainbody (PDF, 774 KB)
estimating (PDF, 817 KB)
calculating (PDF, 1.10 MB)
appendixA (PDF, 1.09 MB)
appendixB (PDF, 669 KB)
appendixC (PDF, 1.21 MB)
appendixD (PDF, 466 KB)
Toggle Image Crop Water Use, A Guide for Scheduling Irrigations, 1992 to 1996 03/01/2004
Description: The report summarizes estimates of crop water use calculated by DWR for seven crops and provided to cooperating farm advisors, researchers, and consultants in the three southern counties in the San Joaquin Valley from 1992 through 1996. The estimates are available as weekly, monthly and normalized values for these years.
Main Body (PDF, 231 KB)
Tables (PDF, 686 KB)
Figures (PDF, 429 KB)
Appendix A1 (PDF, 1.96 MB)
Appendix A2 (PDF, 1.37 MB)
Appendix B (PDF, 914 KB)
Appendix C (PDF, 93 KB)
Appendix D (PDF, 629 KB)
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 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 Vegetative Water Use in California (Bulletin 113-3) 1974 12/01/1981 (PDF, 7.96 MB)
Description: Bulletin 113-3 is the third in a series of Department of Water Resources' publications on the rate of water use by crops. The report is based on field studies conducted from 1954 to 1972, and expands the previously published data. It summarizes growing season evapotranspiration and evapotranspiration of applied water for principal crops.

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