Managing & Protecting California’s Water Resources
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) is responsible for managing and protecting California’s water resources. DWR works with other agencies to benefit the State’s people and to protect, restore and enhance the natural and human environments.

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DWR Employees Participate in Emergency Responder Flood Fight Training
  • Participants pump river water to fill the Muscle Wall, which protects people and property against levy overtopping in a high water event.
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The flood season is upon us and DWR is ready.

The Department recently held a training session at its Maintenance Yard in Sutter to teach DWR staff how to build two structures: a temporary levee using earth and plastic and a temporary barrier using Muscle Wall. These flood-fighting techniques can add critical inches or feet to protect structures and people during sudden flood events.

The training was part of an ongoing program to prepare DWR Incident Commanders and California Conservation Corps teams with strategies to quickly and effectively respond to flood risk.

Watch this Muscle Wall video to see how crews assemble the barrier.

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