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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 A Commitment to Action 09/12/2013 (PDF, 891 KB)
Description: PERSPECTIVES FROM CALIFORNIA’S FIRST INTEGRATED WATER MANAGEMENT SUMMIT / 2013
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 A Landowner's Manual Managing Agricultural Irrigation Drainage Water 09/01/2004
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. http://www.sjd.water.ca.gov/drainage/land_manual/index.cfm
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 A Management Plan for Agricultural Subsurface Drainage and Related Problems on the Westside San Joaquin Valley 09/01/1990 (PDF, NA)
Description: A comprehensive study of agricultural drainage and drainage-related problems on the westside San Joaquin Valley has resulted in the management plan presented in this final report of the Federal-State interagency San Joaquin Valley Drainage Program.
Toggle Image A Trial Experiment on Studying Short-Term Water Quality Changes In Flooded Peat Soil Environments (SMARTS #1) 1999 (PDF, 32.99 MB)
Description: Water Quality Changes In Flooded Peat Soil Environments
Toggle Image ABCs of Desalting 12/28/2005 (PDF, 1.11 MB)
Description: Desalting, as discussed in this booklet, refers to a water treatment process that removes salts from water. It is also called desalination or desalinization, but it means the same thing. Desalting can be done in a number of ways, but the result is always the same: fresh water is produced from brackish or seawater. Desalting technologies can be used for a number of applications, but the purpose of this booklet is to discuss the use of desalting to produce potable water from saline water for domestic or municipal purposes.
Toggle Image Action Plan for San Joaquin Fall-Run Chinook Salmon Populations 1993
Description: In recognition of the importance of restoring healthy salmon production levels in concert with the other beneficial uses in the San Joaquin drainage the SJRMP Advisory Council developed this plan.
Title and Table of Contents (PDF, 1.64 MB)
Pages 1-4 (PDF, 2.79 MB)
Pages 5-8 (PDF, 2.92 MB)
Pages 9-12 (PDF, 2.93 MB)
Pages 13-16 (PDF, 2.97 MB)
Pages 17-20 (PDF, 2.85 MB)
Pages 21-24 (PDF, 2.73 MB)
Pages 25-28 (PDF, 2.49 MB)
Pages 29-30 (PDF, 1.20 MB)
Toggle Image Adjudicated Ground Water Basins in California (Water Facts 3) 07/25/2011 (PDF, 1.58 MB)
Description: The State of California is not authorized by the California Water Code to manage groundwater. California landowners have a correlative right to extract as much groundwater as they can put to beneficial use. In some basins, that correlative right has been defined by a court.
Toggle Image Agricultural Drainage in the San Joaquin Valley: A Gap Analysis (Draft) 10/01/2002 (PDF, 804 KB)
Description: California’s San Joaquin Valley is one of the world’s most vital and productive farming areas. The westside of the San Joaquin Valley is a fertile yet arid landscape where commercial agriculture is viable with supplemental irrigation and soil fertilization. The importation of surface water and use of groundwater for irrigation as well as fertilizers results in the addition of salts to agricultural lands in addition to naturally occurring salt. The leaching requirement to remove salt from the crop root zone to maintain soil quality and productivity results in the deep percolation of applied water. Agricultural lands of the westside SJV are underlain by a low permeability clay layer without adequate drainage, causing a shallow water table to rise toward the soil surface.
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 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 Albert and Einstein Bookmarks 2006
Description: The bookmarks are labeled Stay Water Safe, Obey Safety Signs, and Wear your Life Jacket. These three Albert and Einstein bookmarks in English and Spanish remind children of how to stay water safe.
Toggle Image Albert and Einstein Bookmarks (Spanish) 2006
Description: The bookmarks are labeled Stay Water Safe, Obey Safety Signs, and Wear your Life Jacket. These three Albert and Einstein bookmarks in English and Spanish remind children of how to stay water safe.
Toggle Image Albert and Einstein Life Jacket Poster 2000
Description: This 25 inch by 17 inch poster features Albert and Einstein showing objects that can be life preservers
Toggle Image Albert and Einstein Pencils and Related Items 2000
Description: Albert and Einstein convey their water safety messages through other fun stuff. Pencil case, pencil, pencil sharpener, ruler and eraser can be ordered separately.
Toggle Image Albert and Einstein Stickers 2006
Description: Albert and Einstein convey their water safety messages through fun stickers. The sheets contain 4 different designs, 2 each, total 8 per sheet.
Toggle Image All About Water 1991 (PDF, 19.61 MB)
Description: An AIMS style teacher's guide containing 26 hands-on lessons integrating science, math, language arts, geography, art, music drama and health. The major themes addressed are Systems and Interaction, Energy, Stability and Scale and Structure. Water topics include where water comes from, water cycle, ground water, water pollution and conservation. A storyline can be used to connect the lessons using puppets and scenery.
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 Alturas Groundwater Basin Water Quality Study 1986 (PDF, 5.38 MB)
Description: The principal objective of the investigation leading to this report was to update knowledge of water quality of the Alturas Ground Water Basin in south-central Modoc County. The basin encompasses an area of about 135 square miles, and contains approximately 7.5 million acre-feet of groundwater in storage to a depth of 800 feet.
Toggle Image Analysis of Water Quality Impacts from Ground Water Pump-in on the State Water Project, 1990-1992 02/01/1994 (PDF, 46.36 MB)
Description: Report discusses the impacts pumped in ground water had on State Water Project water quality for the period covering the years 1990 -1992.
Toggle Image Angling Use Survey Of Frenchman Lake Plumas County 1992 2003 (PDF, 578 KB)
Description: Angling Use Survey of Frenchman Lake, Plumas County, 1992. Northern District Technical Information Report No. ND-03-3. Department of Water Resources. 19 pp.
Toggle Image Annual Water Use and Supply Report (1987) 1987 (PDF, 1.82 MB)
Description: This report provides field information on population, land use, water use, surface water supply, and groundwater.
Toggle Image Annual Water Use and Supply Report (1988) 1988 (PDF, 2.24 MB)
Description: This report provides field information on population, land use, water use, surface water supply, and groundwater.
Toggle Image Annual Water Use and Supply Report (1989) 1989 (PDF, 771 KB)
Description: This report provides field information on population, land use, water use, surface water supply, and groundwater.
Toggle Image Annual Water Use and Supply Report (1990) 1990 (PDF, 2.22 MB)
Description: This report provides field information on population, land use, water use, surface water supply, and groundwater.
Toggle Image Annual Water Use and Supply Report (1991) 1991 (PDF, 924 KB)
Description: This report provides field information on population, land use, water use, surface water supply, and groundwater.
Toggle Image Annual Water Use and Supply Report (1992) 1992 (PDF, 858 KB)
Description: This report provides field information on population, land use, water use, surface water supply, and groundwater.
Toggle Image Annual Water Use and Supply Report (1993) 1993 (PDF, 893 KB)
Description: This report provides field information on population, land use, water use, surface water supply, and groundwater.
Toggle Image Annual Water Use and Supply Report (1994) 1994 (PDF, 1.04 MB)
Description: This report provides field information on population, land use, water use, surface water supply, and groundwater.
Toggle Image Annual Water Use and Supply Report (1995) 1995 (PDF, 986 KB)
Description: This report provides field information on population, land use, water use, surface water supply, and groundwater.
Toggle Image Antelope Groundwater Study 04/01/1987 (PDF, 4.60 MB)
Description: Tehama County officials have long been concerned about the quality of the groundwater in the Antelope area just east of Red Bluff. Over the years, analysis of water samples has shown bacterial counts, and in some cases nitrate concentrations, to be unacceptably high. The County needed a more complete knowledge of the area's groundwater resources and their quality to evaluate any groundwater pollution threat to public health.
Toggle Image Antelope Lake Bathymetric Survey 1998 1998 (PDF, 1.56 MB)
Description: Anderson, Curtis. Antelope Lake Bathymetric Survey. Memorandum to Dave Bogener, dated July 15, 1998. 65 pp.
Toggle Image Antelope Lake Creel Census 1979 (PDF, 217 KB)
Description: Antelope Lake Creel Census, 1978. Memorandum to Jim Ryan, Region 2, Department of Fish and Game, March 22, 1979. 7 pp.
Toggle Image Antelope Lake Creel Census (1980) 1981 (PDF, 282 KB)
Description: 'Hinton, Ralph N. Antelope Lake Creel Census, 1980. Memorandum to Jim Ryan, Region 2, Department of Fish and Game. 11 pp.
Toggle Image Antelope Lake Creel Census (1986) 08/20/1987 (PDF, 278 KB)
Description: Hinton, Ralph N. Antelope Lake Creel Census - 1986. Memorandum to Jim Ryan, Region 2, Department of Fish and Game, dated August 20, 1987. 9 pp.
Toggle Image Antelope Lake Creel Census (Color) 2005 06/30/2006 (PDF, 2.00 MB)
Description: 2005 Creel Census at Antelope Lake. Memorandum to Kathy Hill, Region 2, DFG (and others). 12 pp.
Toggle Image Antelope Lake Creel Census 1995 03/13/1996 (PDF, 160 KB)
Description: Rischbieter, Douglas. 1996. Antelope Lake Creel Census - 1995. Memorandum to Patrick O'Brien, Region 2, Department of Fish and Game. 4 pp.
Toggle Image Antelope Lake Creel Census 1999 11/25/2003 (PDF, 1.33 MB)
Description: 1999 Antelope Lake Creel Census. Memorandum to Kathy Hill, Region 2, DFG (and others). 5 pp.
Toggle Image Antelope Lake Creel Census 2002 12/02/2003 (PDF, 201 KB)
Description: 2002 Antelope Lake Creel Census. Memorandum to Kathy Hill, Region 2, DFG (and others). 7 pp.
Toggle Image Antelope Reservoir Sedimentation Survey 1990 05/15/1990 (PDF, 8.19 MB)
Description: Gentry, Wayne S. 1990. Antelope Reservoir Sedimentation Survey. Memorandum to Clayton Magonigal, Chief, Water Operations Branch, division of Operations and Maintenance. 34 pp. + 9 pp of appendices/attachments.
Toggle Image Assessing Water Quality for Livestock Under Drought Conditions (Drought Tip 92-30) 1993 (PDF, 390 KB)
Description: Unless livestock have access to an adequate supply of safe water every day, they may reduce feed intake, thereby lowering production and causing an economic loss to the livestock owner.
Toggle Image Assessment of MTBE In State Water Project Waters 04/01/1999 (PDF, 321 KB)
Description: This report summarizes the results of MTBE monitoring conducted in 1997 on eight reservoirs in the State Water Project. The main objectives were to evaluate MTBE loading from boating activities during summer holiday weekends and to define MTBE concentrations in the reservoirs. Division of Operations and Maintenance, Environmental Assessment Branch