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Public Affairs Office
1416 9th Street, Room 204
Sacramento CA 95814
Phone: (916) 653-6192
Fax:  (916) 653-4684

Public Affairs Office

Erin Mellon
Assistant Director
Work: (916) 653-5791

Media & Public Information Branch

Maggie Macias
Information Officer II
Work: (916) 653-8743
Cell: (916) 836-2016
Lauren Bisnett
Information Officer
Work: (916) 653-7564
Doug Carlson
Information Officer
Work: (916) 653-5114
Jennifer Iida
Information Officer
Work: (916) 653-3925
Cell: (916) 708-4962
Christina Jimenez
Information Officer
Work: (916) 653-0979
Elizabeth Scott
Information Officer
Work: (916) 653-9515
Cell: (916) 712-3904
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Water soothes us. Its serene, sparkling surface invites us in to enjoy a dip, especially on hot summer days. But its allure can be dangerously deceptive. Calm water can hide strong currents, hidden debris, sudden drop-offs into the deep, and extremely cold temperatures. Such dangers take many lives each year. According to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, drowning ranks as the number two killer of its most vulnerable victims -- children.

With more than 20 lakes and reservoirs open to recreation, the Department of Water Resources created a Water Safety Program to raise awareness of how you and your family can stay water safe. The Department's concern is to minimize the number of accidents and drownings along the SWP. The program includes:

  • SWP safety training and materials for use by the Department's field divisions in their outreach efforts with visitors and communities along the State Water Project, such as:
  • Aquatic Adventure Camps help teach water safety to children and youth-especially ethnic minorities and those who would most benefit from positive youth development. The Department of Water Resources partners with communities to create and run these camps. A "how-to" manual is available here.
  • Water safety presentations for schools, service clubs, ethnic groups, and church groups, featuring our water safety mascots, Albert and Einstein.
  • The three Department of Water Resources Visitors Centers offer free, off-site water safety presentations to surrounding communities within a 50-mile radius. For more information call: Lake Oroville-(530) 538-2219; Romero Outlook (San Luis Reservoir)-(209) 827-5353; Vista Del Lago (Pyramid Lake)-(661) 294-0219.

Contact Us

Reyna Reyes is the primary contact for DWR water safety materials. She can be reached at:

Telephone: (916) 653-9794
FAX: (916) 653-3310

California Department of Water Resources
Public Affairs Office
1416 - 9th Street, Room 252-26
Sacramento, CA 95814

Additional Water Safety Information
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California Department of Boating and Waterways site contains boating safety and education, boating laws, and more
The official site of the U.S. Coast Guard for boating safety. Learn how to prevent accidents, injuries, and fatalities while boating. Lear safety tips, laws and regulations, etc.
Pick up tips on safe boating and safety awareness, including testimonials about always wearing your LIFE jacket.
This Red Cross water safety site contains a variety of safety tips while doing specific aquatic activities such as ocean safety, safety while jet skiing, reservoirs and lakes safety, etc.
This site will provide you with the opportunity to view current water safety materials available through the Corps program, as well as offer tips on programming, help you find a local point of contact and offer some useful downloadable information
This web site offers parents water safety information for their infants.
MedLine Plus, a health-related web site, offers tips for healthy swimming and water safety while engaging in various water sports and situations.
Safe Kids Worldwide is a global network of organizations whose mission is to prevent accidental childhood injury, a leading killer of children 14 and under. The web site offers a variety of safety tips including water safety.
Water Safety - ​Everyone should learn to swim and Learn lifesaving swimming skills
This section of KidsHealth for Parents is on staying safe while in the water and provides tips and facts on drowning.
The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control's web site contains fact sheets on drowning statistics, risk groups (males and children 1-14), risk factors (buckets, toilets, bathtubs, etc.), and references, plus links to National Safe Boating Week and Healthy and Safe Swimming tips.