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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

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Toggle Image California Strategic Growth Plan: Flood Control, Water Supply & Conveyance (2008) 2008 (PDF, 136 KB)
Description: As a result of the Governor’s emergency declaration for California’s levee system in February 2006 and funding provided by the Legislature in the 2006-07 Budget, key repairs to 33 critical erosion sites protecting Central Valley communities were completed in record time. The state is now advancing funds and working with the federal government to repair 71 additional levee erosion sites damaged in the floods of 2006. An unprecedented effort to evaluate 350 miles of urban levees and 1,250 miles of non-urban levees for hidden defects has begun, and the state is leading a coordinated effort involving federal and local agencies to avoid a major flood disaster in California. California must expand its water management and delivery system, including surface storage, groundwater storage and conveyance facilities. In this phase...
Toggle Image California Strategic Growth Plan: Flood Control, Water Supply & Conveyance 2007 2007 (PDF, 573 KB)
Description: Last year, the Governor and Legislature initiated the first phase of a comprehensive Strategic Growth Plan (SGP) to address California’s critical infrastructure needs over the next 20 years. In November 2006, the voters approved the first installment of that 20-year vision to rebuild California. The infrastructure package included water and flood measures in Propositions 1E and 84. These measures provided $4.9 billion for flood management and approximately $1 billion for integrated regional water management including wastewater recycling, groundwater storage,conservation, and other water management actions. In January 2007, the Administration proposed an additional $5.95 billion to augment the existing funding for the SGP through 2016. These new investments in water management will address population growth, climate change and ...
Toggle Image Central Valley Flood Management Planning Program 06/16/2010 (PDF, 447 KB)
Description: The purpose of the Central Valley Flood Management Planning (CVFMP) Program is to improve integrated flood management in the Sacramento and San Joaquin Valleys. Legislation passed in 2007 directs the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) to develop three important documents that will guide improvement of integrated flood management: State Plan of Flood Control (SPFC) Descriptive Document; Flood Control System Status Report; and Central Valley Flood Protection Plan (CVFPP). Completion of the SPFC Descriptive Document and the Flood Control System Status Report will contribute to development of the CVFPP along with existing information and new data developed by other FloodSAFE programs and projects.
Toggle Image Central Valley Flood Management Planning Program Scoping Document - DRAFT 10/05/2009 (PDF_INACTIVE_12-29-11, NA)
Description: The Central Valley Flood Management Planning (CVFMP) Program is one of several programs being managed within FloodSAFE California (FloodSAFE). The CVFMP Program addresses most of the flood-related planning activities that were authorized by the California Legislature during the 2007/2008 session within much of the Central Valley. This version updates the maps contained in the June 2009 draft.
Toggle Image Central Valley Flood Management Planning Program: How to Get Involved 06/16/2010 (PDF, 336 KB)
Description: To support effective, efficient engagement of the many participants necessary for CVFPP development, DWR has designed a systematic and collaborative planning process that offers many options and venues for participation. The CVFMP Program provides collaborative planning and engagement opportunities in three major categories: review and coordinate development of the CVFPP, help develop content and recommendations for the CVFPP, and participate in briefings and coordination.
Toggle Image Central Valley Integrated Flood Management Study 06/01/2009 (PDF, 841 KB)
Description: This fact sheet describes the Central Valley Integrated Flood Management Study (CVIFMS) to be conducted jointly by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the California Department of Water Resources.
Toggle Image Colusa Basin Drain Water Quality Literature Review Memorandum Report 04/01/1990 (PDF, 2.60 MB)
Description: This report presents a literature review of water quality in the Colusa Basin Drain (CBD), identifies potential impacts of alternatives to control flooding and drainage in the CBD, and recommends further study needs with respect to water quality in the CBD.
Toggle Image DWR News Fall 1998 09/01/1998 (PDF, 4.12 MB)
Description: DWR News magazine was a quarterly magazine containing information about DWR activities. In Winter 2004, it was combined with the DWR People newsletter to create the DWR NEWS/People magazine.
Toggle Image DWR News Fall 1999 09/01/1999 (PDF, 13.04 MB)
Description: DWR News magazine was a quarterly magazine containing information about DWR activities. In Winter 2004, it was combined with the DWR People newsletter to create the DWR NEWS/People magazine.
Toggle Image DWR News People Summer 2008 06/01/2008 (PDF, 6.82 MB)
Description: DWR NEWS/People magazine was created with the Winter 2004 edition, and is a combination of DWR NEWS magazine and DWR People newsletter. This quarterly magazine contains information about DWR activities and employees.
Toggle Image DWR News/People Summer 2008 2008 (PDF, 6.82 MB)
Description: This quarterly magazine contains information about DWR activities and employees. Since 2004, it is a combination of DWR NEWS magazine and DWR People newsletter.
Toggle Image Flood Emergency Action Team (FEAT) Final Report 06/01/1997
Description: This report outlines the FEAT's findings after evaluating existing flood control facilities and emergency agency responses, and lists their recommendations to enhance our capability to reduce impacts to California's citizens from future flood events. The near-term improvements in flood management will help to reduce risk as California focuses on longer-term solutions that will come from development of a new master plan for flood management in the Central Valley.
Toggle Image Flood Emergency Action Team Final Report, 1997 (PDF version) 05/10/1997 (PDF, 19.60 MB)
Description: The Flood Emergency Action Team convened additional citizen advisory meetings and heard from hundreds of Californians who were most directly affected by the January 1997 floods. This Report (1) summarizes the actions taken as a result of recommendations in FEAT's 30-day report; (2) offers further recommendations for improved flood response and recovery; and (3) suggests a more thorough evaluation of flood management options, including new emphasis on non-structural solutions.
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 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 Levee Analysis Methods (June 2009) 06/01/2009 (PDF, 201 KB)
Description: To expedite improved management of flood risk, the Department of Water Resources is conducting levee evaluations in phases over a four to six-year period. During this time, technical specialists are reviewing existing levee historical data; conducting field explorations (including drilling and geophysical methods) and associated laboratory testing; performing geotechnical engineering analyses; and preparing preliminary design and construction estimates for levee repairs and upgrades, where needed.
Toggle Image Levee Evaluation Program (June 2009) 06/01/2009 (PDF, 248 KB)
Description: The Department of Water Resources is required to evaluate the current level of performance of the State-federal flood protection system2, including an estimate of the risk of levee failure, a discussion of the inspection and reviews performed, and recommendations regarding the levees and future work activities. Geotechnical engineering performed through the Urban and Non-Urban Levee Evaluation (ULE and NULE) Projects will help flood managers better understand overall flood risk in the Central Valley and evaluate alternative changes to the flood management system to better manage risk.
Toggle Image Meeting the Challenge of Improving Flood Management in the Central Valley 10/15/2009
Description: Created for the Central Valley Flood Management Planning Program to display at public forums and meetings, these posters describe the activities DWR and its partners are undertaking to address the challenges of improving flood management in the Central Valley, such as developing the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan for 2012.
"Meeting the Challenge" of Improving Flood Management in the Central Valley
Flood-Related Risks in the Central Valley (PDF, 270 KB)
Flood Management Implementation Activities (PDF, 209 KB)
Building on Existing Information and Developing New Data (PDF, 1.75 MB)
Central Valley Flood Protection Plan (PDF, 209 KB)
Toggle Image Pyramid Lake (West Branch) 05/01/2000 (PDF, 271 KB)
Description: This brochure describes Pyramid Lake, located along Interstate 5 in northern Los Angeles County. The lake provides water storage, flood protection, and recreation for Southern California. Part of it can be seen from Vista del Lago Visitors Center, one of DWR’s three information centers.
Toggle Image Sacramento River Bank Protection Project - Phase III 06/01/2009 (PDF, 1.27 MB)
Description: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District (Corps) is responsible for implementation of the Sacramento River Bank Protection Project (SRBPP) in conjunction with its non-Federal partner, the Central Valley Flood Protection Board (CVFPB). The SRBPP is a continuing construction project authorized by Section 203 of the Flood Control Act of 1960. The purpose of this project is to provide protection to the existing levee and flood control facilities of the Sacramento River Flood Control Project (SRFCP). Implementation of Phase III will be critical to ensure project levees seriously threatened by erosion will continue to receive corrective measures to prevent levee failure and catastrophic damage and possible loss of life.
Toggle Image Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Boundary 01/10/2011 (ZIP, 695 KB)
Description: This compressed file contains GIS shape files indicating the boundary of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley for the purposes of preparing the 2012 Central Valley Flood Protection Plan and for other efforts to fulfill the requirements of 2007 flood legislation. The boundaries are based on the National Resource Conservation Service watershed definitions approved by the State of California in 2009, DWR’s CalWater 2.2 watershed delineations, and the legal boundaries of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
Toggle Image Summary of Disaster Preparedness & Flood Protection Bond Act of 2006: Proposition 1E 08/01/2006 (PDF, 364 KB)
Description: The Disaster Preparedness and Flood Protection Bond Act (Proposition 1E) makes new investments for flood protection and stormwater management programs.
Toggle Image Sutter Bypass East Borrow Canal Water Control Structures Project - Mitigated Negative Declaration and Initial Study 2009
Description: The specific objectives of this project are to: 1) Replace the existing manually operated Weir No. 2 flashboard structure with a remotely operated gate structure that is safer and more effective to operate. 2) Reconstruct the earthen Willow Slough Weir and replace its culverts to improve flow of water from the East Borrow Canal into Willow Slough. 3) Replace the fish ladders at both weirs to improve passage for migrating Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) and steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss).

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