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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.

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Toggle Image IEP - 1993.0801 A Review of the Interagency Ecological Study Program and Recommendations for its revision 08/01/1993 (PDF, NA)
Description: The Interagency Ecological Study Program was initiated in July 1970 by a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between four state and federal agencies (California Department of Fish and Game, California Department of Water Resources, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, and the U.s. Bureau of Sport Fisheries and Wildlife). This MOA was an outgrowth of testimony at Water Rights Hearing 1379, which indicated that construction and operation of the State Water Project and Federal Central Valley Project may have been contributing to fish and wildlife problems in the estuary. This 1993 report describes the findings and recommendations of an ad hoc Review Team commissioned by the IESP Coordinators.
Toggle Image IEP - 1993.0801 A Review of the Interagency Ecological Study Program and Recommendations for its revision 08/01/1993 (PDF) 08/01/1993 (PDF, 3.68 MB)
Description: The Interagency Ecological Study Program was initiated in July 1970 by a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between four state and federal agencies (California Department of Fish and Game, California Department of Water Resources, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, and the U.s. Bureau of Sport Fisheries and Wildlife). This MOA was an outgrowth of testimony at Water Rights Hearing 1379, which indicated that construction and operation of the State Water Project and Federal Central Valley Project may have been contributing to fish and wildlife problems in the estuary. This 1993 report describes the findings and recommendations of an ad hoc Review Team commissioned by the IESP Coordinators.
Toggle Image IEP - 1995.0728 Science Advisory Group Long Term Monitoring Review July 28, 1995 07/28/1995 (PDF, 24 KB)
Description: The Science Advisory Group is unanimous in its support for the long term monitoring components of the IEP. Monitoring activities, beginning in the 1960's have produced an invaluable set of observations to document changes in water quality, habitats, and populations of valued species. Although many complex problems remain unresolved, the Bay-Delta ecosystem is one of the best understood and most comprehensively studied estuarine ecosystems in the U.S. as a result of IEP. IEP data are the basis for the public's growing concern for the health of the Bay-Delta and its living resources; it has been critical in detecting the arrival of exotic species and in understanding their ecosystem-level effects; and it is the basis for environmental standards to protect this unique ecosystem.The IEP has made clear efforts in recent years to adapt.
Toggle Image IEP - 1999 Report of the 1980-1995 Fish, Shrimp, and Crab Sampling in the San Francisco Estuary, California 11/01/1999
Description: Before 1980, little scientific information was available to set water quality standards for the protection of the fish and invertebrates of San Francisco and San Pablo bays. In 1979, the Interagency Ecological Program (IEP) designed a plan to collect biological and physical data from South San Francisco Bay to the west delta. The State Water Resources Control Board (SWCRB) approved this plan and the Bay-Delta Division of the California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG), operating as part of the IEP, set the plan in action. The objective of the study was to determine the effects of freshwater outflow from the delta on the abundance and distribution of marine and estuarine fishes, shrimps, and crabs and use this knowledge to understand the volume and timing of freshwater outflow that is necessary for their well-being.
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 - 2003.0325 Environmental Monitoring Program Review and Recommendations Final Report, March 25, 2003 03/25/2003 (PDF, 1.25 MB)
Description: The intent of this review was to determine how the EMP could better meet current information needs for water resource mangement and protection. This review also reexamined program aims and the relationship of the EMP to other compliance and baseline aquatic monitoring activities in the Bay-Delta. This programmatic review was conducted in 2 phases. The first phase was an in-depth technical review of the EMP. The second phase was a review by program managers and legal staff from various IEP agencies. Overall, the EMP was found to be a tremendously valuable long-term environmental monitoring program providing essential data and information for resource management and scientific understanding of estuarine processes... the EMP's greatest asset is it's consistent and comprehensive long-term environmental data record, but needs improvement.
Toggle Image IEP - 2003.0325.2001-2002 Review of the Environmental Monitoring Program (EMP) for SWRCB in compliance with Water Right Decision 1641, Condition 11 03/25/2003 (PDF, 539 KB)
Description: DWR/USBR fund and maintain, in cooperation with the Califorinia Department of Fish and Game (DFG) and the US Geological Survey (USGS), a water quality compliance and baseline monitoring program referred to as the "Environmental Monitoring Program" (or EMP) for the Bay-Delta. D-1641 specifies three goals for this monitoring program: (1) to ensure compliance with the Bay-Delta water quality objectives; (2) to identify meaningful changes in any significant water quality parameters potentially related to operation of the State Water Project (SWP) or the Central Valley Project (CVP); and (3) to reveal trends in ecological changes potentially related to SWP/CVP operations. Condition 11 (e) requires DWR/USBR to evaluate the EMP and report their conclusions to the Executive Director of the State Water Resources Control Board every three years.
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 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 In-Delta Storage Program Draft Summary Report Integrated Storage Investigations 02/01/2002 (PDF, 19.33 MB)
Description: MWQI - Report
Toggle Image Indian Creek Flow Study TIR 81-2 (1976) 06/01/1981 (PDF, 4.77 MB)
Description: Indian Creek Flow Study. Northern District Technical Information Report No. 81-2. Department of Water Resources. 18 pp. and Appendices
Toggle Image Indian Creek Water Quality Survey 1980 (PDF, 1.81 MB)
Description: Boles, Gerald. 1980. Indian Creek Survey. (Water Quality Sampling at Antelope Reservoir, Indian Creek, and Little Grizzly Creek on September 28, 1979). Memorandum to Ralph Hinton. 11 pp.
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 Integrated Resources Evaluation Checklist (Water Facts 9) 12/01/2000 (PDF, 36 KB)
Description: This Water Facts discusses Integrated Resources Evaluation Checklist. This water resources evaluation checklist is a starting point for water managers when planning and undertaking studies of watersheds and groundwater basins.
Toggle Image Interagency Delta Health Aspects Delta Water Quality 06/01/1988 (PDF, 19.47 MB)
Description: MWQI - Reports
Toggle Image Investigation of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta – Report no. 4 Quantity and Quality of Waters Applied to and Drained from the Delta Lowlands 1956 (PDF, 2.52 MB)
Description: Investigation of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta – Report no. 4 Quantity and Quality of Waters Applied to and Drained from the Delta Lowlands
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 Iron Canyon and Bear Hole Fish Passage Project on Big Chico Creek Prelim Engineering Technical Rpt 04/01/2002 (PDF, 14.46 MB)
Description: This report summarizes the findings of the DWR preliminary engineering investigation of fish passage solutions at Iron Canyon and Bear Hole on Big Chico Creek in Upper Bidwell Park in Chico, California. Included in this report are preliminary design drawings and cost estimates for project alternatives, discussion of the physical and operational characteristics of the alternatives, and a summary of construction issues and final design criteria.
Toggle Image Irrigating Up Crops Efficiently with Sprinklers (Drought Tip 92-52) 1993 (PDF, 458 KB)
Description: How much water should be applied during a sprinkler irrigation - and therefore how long the run time should be - can be easily calculated if the crop evapotranspiration rate and reference evapotranspiration rate are known.
Toggle Image Irrigation Controllers for the Homeowner: Recommended Water Saving Features 09/01/2003 (PDF, 211 KB)
Description: The purpose of this brochure is to highlight important irrigation controller features that allow for proper irrigation scheduling. Since many people are somewhat mystified or intimidated by these devices, hopefully, this brochure will help when making the decision of which controller to obtain. The main point to keep in mind is that the key to watering efficiently is to obtain a controller that can handle diverse landscape and weather situations and then to program it properly.
Toggle Image Irrigation Water Management Made Simple (Drought Tip 92-29) 1993 (PDF, 37 KB)
Description: Effective water management requires knowing the relationships between flow rate into the filed, acres irrigated, irrigation times, and the amound of applied water.
Toggle Image Irrigation of Twelve Million Acres in the Valley of California 1919 (PDF, 452 KB)
Description: This remarkable 13-page plan, written in 1919 by a retired USGS employee working out of the University of California, contains the broad outline on today's water system in California. It provides the strategy employed for the official 1930 State Water Plan.