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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
1416 Ninth Street, Third Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 653-1097

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Toggle Image Save Our Water (Poster, Spanish) 06/17/2014 (PDF, 4.55 MB)
Description: This poster emphasizes the need to conserve water.
Toggle Image California Drought Contingency Plan 11/17/2010 (PDF, 4.86 MB)
Description: The California Drought Contingency Plan (DCP) represents the first State drought plan and was developed following the Governor's executive orders and drought proclamations in 2008 and 2009. It is a planning and implementation document which may be used to assist agencies in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from drought.The goals of the DCP are to minimize drought impacts through improved agency coordination, enhanced procedures for monitoring drought conditions and early warning capability, improved assessment drought impacts, and more effective response to drought emergencies.
Toggle Image California's Drought of 2007–2009, an Overview 09/01/2010 (PDF, 6.25 MB)
Description: This summary report was prepared to document drought conditions and impacts experienced during 2007–2009. Earlier versions of the report were prepared as web-published documents to assess drought conditions and status, in response to a commitment made to the Governor’s Office as part of implementation of a February 2009 proclamation of a state of emergency for statewide water shortage. The focus of this report is on water supply conditions and related information, together with review of drought impacts.
Toggle Image California's Drought Update - June 30, 2010 06/30/2010 (PDF, 1.47 MB)
Description: The 2009 Water Year (October 1, 2008 through September 30, 2009) was the third consecutive year of below average precipitation for the state. Annual statewide precipitation totaled 76 percent, 72 percent, and 63 percent of average for Water Years 2009, 2008, and 2007, respectively.
Toggle Image Save Our Water (Poster, English) 05/12/2009 (PDF, 379 KB)
Description: This poster emphasizes the need to save water. Since water is a limited resource and it is important to each of us every day, water conservation is essential. By following these water conservation tips in the home you can help conserve water every day, whether there’s a drought or not.
Toggle Image Save Our Water (Brochure) 05/04/2009 (PDF, 2.17 MB)
Description: California is facing severe water challenges. Water supplies for many cities, farms and businesses are being significantly reduced due to dry conditions, restrictions to protect fish species, and growing pressure on the state’s water storage and delivery system. Climate change is compounding the problem. With water shortages a reality in many parts of the state, your efforts to save water can make a difference. Rethinking the way you use water – both indoors and outdoors – will help stretch our limited supplies and ensure water is there when we need it.
Toggle Image Climate Change Impacts on California's Water 09/02/2008 (PDF, 6.72 MB)
Description: A special edition from DWR/NEWS People (Fall 2008)
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 California Drought: An Update 2008 04/01/2008 (PDF, 28.50 MB)
Description: The purpose of this report is to update an earlier Department report on drought published on 2000, with special emphasis on advances in drought-related research. To this end, the report features contributed articles from climate scientists whose research covers a wide range of drought and climate change or variability topics. The report also provides updates on hydrologic conditions and selected resource management subjects since publication of the Departments 2000 report.
Toggle Image DWR News People Spring 2008 03/01/2008 (PDF, 8.04 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 Urban Drought Guidebook 2008 (PDF, 2.70 MB)
Description: To help local agencies and communities prepare for the possibility of another dry year and possible water supply interruptions, the Department of Water Resources is pleased to publish this updated version of the Urban Drought Guidebook. Drought, climate change, natural disasters, and environmental protections can all affect water supplies. Good planning and preparation can help agencies maintain reliable supplies and reduce the impacts of supply interruptions.
Toggle Image Water Conservation News Spring - Summer 2007 05/01/2007 (PDF, 1.10 MB)
Description: Water Conservation News provides information on water use efficiency developments. This free newsletter is now published semi-annually by the California Department of Water Resources, Office of Water Use Efficiency.
Toggle Image DWR News People Summer 2005 06/01/2005 (PDF, 5.21 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 Summer 2002 06/01/2002 (PDF, 1.89 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 Publications (Bulletin 170-98) 2000 (PDF, 2.85 MB)
Description: Bulletin 170 is an annual online guide to the Department of Water Resources’ publications. Every year, the Department issues technical bulletins, reports, and other publications documenting the measurement, protection, use, and management of California’s water resources. Bulletin 170-98 includes summaries of all bulletins, district/division reports, newsletters, and brochures issued during 1998.
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 Drought Tactics for Apricots (Drought Tip 92-35) 1993 (PDF, 32 KB)
Description: Because apricot fruit matures relatively early in the season, apricot growers have an advantage in devising drought strategies. Following are guidelines to help apricot growers cope with water shortages. Note that these recommendations represent minimum irrigation applications.
Toggle Image Drought-Related Toxicoses in Cattle (Drought Tip 92-08) 1993 (PDF, 40 KB)
Description: Past droughts in California have contributed to a number of poisoning cases in cattle. This publication discusses cases of toxicoses observed during a California Drought.
Toggle Image Water Quality Guidelines for Vegetable and Row Crops (Drought Tip 92-17) 1993 (PDF, 373 KB)
Description: Technical pamphlet regarding water quality guidelines for vegetable and row crops.
Toggle Image Leaching (Drought Tip 92-16) 1993 (PDF, 51 KB)
Description: Leaching is applying irrigation water in excess of the soil moisture depletion level to remove salts in the root zone.
Toggle Image Water Balance Irrigation Scheduling Using CIMIS ETo (Drought Tip 92-20) 1993 (PDF, 389 KB)
Description: CIMIS is an integrated network of more than 80 computerized weather stations located at key agricultural and muicipal sites throughout California. It helps agricultral growers and managers of large turfgrass areas such as park and glof courses develop water budges for determining when to irrigate and how much water to apply.
Toggle Image Furrow Irrigation (Drought Tip 92-23) 1993 (PDF, 34 KB)
Description: Efficient furrow irrigation requires reducing deep percolation and surface runoff losses.
Toggle Image Sprinkler Irrigation (Drought Tip 92-25) 1993 (PDF, 34 KB)
Description: Efficient sprinkler irrigation requires applying the righ amount of water as evenly or uniformly as possible.
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 Reclaiming Sodic and Saline/Sodic Soils (Drought Tip 92-33) 1993 (PDF, 49 KB)
Description: Excessive exchangeable sodium in the soil can severely degrade the soil structure, which severely reduces the soil infiltration rate.
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 Central Coast Crop Coefficients for Field and Vegetable Crops (Drought Tip 92-45) 1992 (PDF, 399 KB)
Description: A publication describing central coast crop coefficients for field and vegetable crops
Toggle Image Citrus Irrigation Scheduling During a Drought (Drought Tip 92-34) 1992 (PDF, 583 KB)
Description: A publication describing citrus irrigation scheduling during a drought.
Toggle Image Deciding How Much to Plant During a Drought (Drought Tip 92-43) 1992 (PDF, 38 KB)
Description: The most effective response to a severe drought is to reduce planted acreage. The method described here assumes that sufficient water will be applied to avoid yield-reducing water stress.
Toggle Image Field Use of Tensiometers (Drought Tip 92-38) 1992 (PDF, 372 KB)
Description: Two page brochure describing the field use of tensiometers. A tensiometer is a device for measuring soil water tension. It consists of a cylindrical pipe about one inch in diameter with a porous ceramic cup attached to one end and a vacuum gauge attached to the other.
Toggle Image Water Quality Guidelines for Trees and Vines (Drought Tip 92-19) 1992 (PDF, 395 KB)
Description: Technical pamphlet discussing water quality guidelines for trees and vines.
Toggle Image How Much Water Are You Applying With Your Low Volume Irrigation System? (Drought Tip 92-56) 1992 (PDF, 381 KB)
Description: During a drought it is particularly importan to use only the amount of water necessary for irrigation.

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