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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.

Please use the Comments or Suggestions link in the footer to request an accessible version of text-based documents.

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 Geology of the Northern Sacramento Valley, California, June 2014-WEB 09/29/2014 (PDF, 45.41 MB)
Description: This report summarizes the geologic history, surface, and subsurface geology of the Northern Sacramento Valley, California. It includes a geologic map and six geologic cross section diagrams.
Toggle Image Geology, Hydrology, Quality of Water, and Water Supply of the Three Rivers Area, California 11/16/2016 (PDF, 48.75 MB)
Description: This report summarizes a geologic, hydrologic, water quality, and water supply study for the Three Rivers area. The study was performed for the Southern Sierra Regional Water Management Group (SSRWMG) to provide additional information and findings for a portion of the integrated regional water management plan (IRWMP) area.
Toggle Image Glenn-Colusa Irrigation District Test-Production Well Installation and Aquifer Testing (2009) 03/01/2009 (PDF, 10.84 MB)
Description: This report summarizes the geologic and hydrogeologic data that was collected during drilling and operation of the Glenn-Colusa Irrigation District’s test-production well. The well was drilled and constructed in late 2005, and a constant-discharge aquifer performance test was performed in the spring of 2007. Data were collected from the test production well and observation wells within a 10 mile radius to determine hydrogeologic characteristics of the aquifer systems and to conduct a groundwater level impact analysis.
Toggle Image Grab Sample Data 2008-01 2008 (PDF, 9 KB)
Description: Mean water quality at selected SWP locations
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Description: Mean water quality at selected SWP locations
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations
Toggle Image Grab Sample Data 2009-01 2009 (PDF, 9 KB)
Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations
Toggle Image Grab Sample Data 2009-04 04/01/2009 (PDF, 9 KB)
Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations in April 2009.
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
Toggle Image Grab Sample Data 2010-05 08/01/2010 (PDF, 13 KB)
Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
Toggle Image Grab Sample Data 2010-06 08/01/2010 (PDF, 13 KB)
Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
Toggle Image Grab Sample Data 2010-08 08/01/2010 (PDF, 13 KB)
Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
Toggle Image Grab Sample Data 2010-09 10/01/2010 (PDF, 30 KB)
Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations, September 2010.
Toggle Image Grab Sample Data 2010-10 10/01/2010 (PDF, 14 KB)
Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
Toggle Image Grab Sample Data 2010-11 12/20/2010 (PDF, 13 KB)
Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations, November 2010.
Toggle Image Grab Sample Data 2010-12 01/25/2011 (PDF, 14 KB)
Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
Toggle Image Grab Sample Data 2011-01 2011 (PDF, 14 KB)
Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
Toggle Image Grab Sample Data 2012-01 02/15/2012 (PDF, 8 KB)
Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations, February 2012.
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
Toggle Image Grab Sample Data 2012-04 05/11/2012 (PDF, 8 KB)
Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
Toggle Image Grab Sample Data 2012-05 05/01/2012 (PDF, 12 KB)
Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
Toggle Image Grab Sample Data 2012-06 07/25/2012 (PDF, 13 KB)
Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
Toggle Image Grab Sample Data 2012-07 08/01/2012 (PDF, 20 KB)
Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
Toggle Image Grab Sample Data 2014-03 04/30/2014 (PDF, 8 KB)
Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
Toggle Image Grab Sample Data 2015-11 12/01/2015 (PDF, 9 KB)
Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
Toggle Image Grab Sample Data 2015-12 02/01/2016 (PDF, 9 KB)
Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
Toggle Image Grab Sample Data 2016-01 03/01/2016 (PDF, 19 KB)
Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
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Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
Toggle Image Grab Sample Data 2016-06 08/01/2016 (PDF, 20 KB)
Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
Toggle Image Grab Sample Data 2016-07 09/01/2016 (PDF, 39 KB)
Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
Toggle Image Grab Sample Data 2016-08 10/01/2016 (PDF, 20 KB)
Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
Toggle Image Grab Sample Data 2016-09 11/01/2016 (PDF, 36 KB)
Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
Toggle Image Grab Sample Data 2016-10 12/01/2016 (PDF, 19 KB)
Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
Toggle Image Grab Sample Data 2016-11 2017 (PDF, 39 KB)
Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
Toggle Image Grab Sample Data 2016-12 02/01/2017 (PDF, 39 KB)
Description: Water quality at selected State Water Project locations.
Toggle Image Ground Water (Water Facts 6) 06/01/1993 (PDF, 106 KB)
Description: Eleven frequently talked-about groundwater topics are discussed in this Water Facts.
Toggle Image Ground Water Basins in California (Bulletin 118-80) 1980 (PDF, 11.40 MB)
Description: In 1978, Senate Bill 1505 added §12924 to the California Water Code that stated: "The Department shall, in conjunction with other public agencies, conduct an investigation of the State's groundwater basins. The Department shall identify the State's groundwater basins on the basis of geologic and hydrogeologic conditions and consideration of political boundary lines whenever practical. The Department shall also investigate existing general patterns of groundwater pumping and groundwater recharge within such basins to the extent necessary to identify basins which are subject to critical conditions of overdraft." This mandate was carried out under the assumption that the Legislature directed the DWR to consider political boundary lines that would be appropriate for groundwater management purposes.
Toggle Image Ground Water Management Districts or Agencies in California (Water Facts 4) 1996 (PDF, 260 KB)
Description: This Water Facts address Groundwater Management District in California. The California Legislature has enacted statutes establishing several groundwater management districts or agencies that can enact ordinances to regulate the amount of groundwater that is extracted and limit its place of use within the districts.
Toggle Image Ground Water Management in California - Six Methods Under Current Law (Water Facts 8) 08/01/2000 (PDF, 60 KB)
Description: Water Facts are short reports on water resources issues of general interest. This Water Facts describes the six methods of managing groundwater used in California. The methods are listed in the chronological order in which they were developed.
Toggle Image Ground Water Monitoring Report Tables 07/25/2003 (XLS, 166 KB)
Description: See the "How to Fill Out a Well Completion Report" brochure and "Well Completion Report (DWR 188).
Toggle Image Ground Water in Fractured Hard Rock (Water Facts 1) 2011 (PDF, 5.42 MB)
Description: Water Facts are short reports on water resources issues of general interest. This Water Facts discusses nine-commonly-asked questions about groundwater in the cracks or fractures of hard rocks.
Toggle Image Groundwater Management Final Report: San Joaquin Valley Drainage Implementation Program 04/01/1999 (DOC, 726 KB)
Description: The purpose of this report is to: (1) assess the state of knowledge about the groundwater system and about technical feasibility of using groundwater management alternative to hydraulically control water table levels; (2) address potential adverse impacts of groundwater management; (3) assess any institutional obstacles to implementation of the alternative; and (4) make recommendations. By examination of previous work on the problem, we specifically address technical feasibility of maintaining a deeper water table and substantially reducing groundwater discharge to drains by increasing groundwater pumping while reducing applied water over the region. Further, we discuss the potential water quality impacts of lowering the water table by increasing pumping.
Toggle Image Groundwater Management in California, 1999 1999
Description: A Report to the Legislature Pursuant to Senate Bill 1245 (1997). This report is published in accordance with Water Code Section 10756, requiring DWR to report on groundwater management plans adopted by local agencies.
gwm_report (PDF, 2.70 MB)
gwm_report_tables (XLS, 166 KB)
Toggle Image Groundwater Quality Investigation at Spalding Tract Lassen County, California Draft Report 10/01/1990 (PDF, 7.93 MB)
Description: The State Water Resources Control Board contracted with DWR and the Department of Health Services to conduct an independent evaluation of the groundwater at Spalding Tract to determine potential contamination from septic tank effluent. This document presents results of the water quality investigation.
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 Guidelines for Preparing Quality Assurance Project Plans 08/01/1998 (PDF, 423 KB)
Description: Technical Document - QA/QC