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The [http://www.water.ca.gov/ California Department of Water Resources] manages all public water resources in the state of California "to benefit the State's people, and to protect, restore, and enhance the natural human environments. They ensure that the [http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/calawquery?codesection=wat&codebody=&hits=20 California Water Code] is being enforced.
  
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**    To manage the water resources of California in cooperation with other agencies, to benefit the State's people, and to protect, restore, and enhance the natural and human environments.
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Strategic Planning Goals
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===Water Management Goals===
**    Goal 1 - Develop and assess strategies for managing the State’s water resources, including development of the California Water Plan Update.
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#Develop and assess strategies for managing the State’s water resources, including development of the California Water Plan Update.
 
**    Goal 2 - Plan, design, construct, operate, and maintain the State Water Project to achieve maximum flexibility, safety, and reliability.
 
**    Goal 2 - Plan, design, construct, operate, and maintain the State Water Project to achieve maximum flexibility, safety, and reliability.
 
**    Goal 3 - Protect and improve the water resources and dependent ecosystems of statewide significance, including the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay-Delta Estuary.
 
**    Goal 3 - Protect and improve the water resources and dependent ecosystems of statewide significance, including the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay-Delta Estuary.
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**    Goal 7 - Perform efficiently all statutory, legal, and fiduciary responsibilities regarding management of State long-term power contracts and servicing of power revenue bonds.
 
**    Goal 7 - Perform efficiently all statutory, legal, and fiduciary responsibilities regarding management of State long-term power contracts and servicing of power revenue bonds.
 
**    Goal 8 - Provide professional, cost-effective, and timely services in support of DWR’s programs, consistent with governmental regulatory and policy requirements.
 
**    Goal 8 - Provide professional, cost-effective, and timely services in support of DWR’s programs, consistent with governmental regulatory and policy requirements.
 
*    Goal 1: Develop and assess strategies for managing the State’s water resources, including development of the California Water Plan Update.
 
**    DWR is responsible for promoting California’s general welfare by ensuring beneficial water use and development statewide. To guide development and management of the State’s water resources, DWR is responsible for preparing the California Water Plan Update (Water Code section 10000 et seq.).
 
**    The Plan is updated every 5 years to address challenges currently facing California, such as satisfying the needs of the State’s growing population (projected to reach about 53 million by 2030), quantifying water demands and supplies based on sound information, and identifying management strategies to diversify the regional portfolio assets.
 
**    DWR is authorized to conduct other planning functions, including those related to urban and agricultural water use, fish and wildlife, recreation, groundwater, agricultural drainage, and water quality. It also investigates and identifies water management strategies, such as conservation, water recycling, water transfers, conjunctive management, and structural measures.
 
 
*    Goal 2: Plan, design, construct, operate, and maintain the State Water Project to achieve maximum flexibility, safety, and reliability.
 
**    DWR operates California’s State Water Project (SWP), the largest State-built multipurpose project in the United States.
 
**    The SWP spans more than 600 miles from Northern California to Southern California, includes 32 storage facilities, 17 pumping plants, 3 pumping-generating plants, 5 hydroelectric power plants, and approximately 693 miles of canals and pipelines, including the newest section, the East Branch Extension located in Southern California.
 
**    DWR operates and maintains the SWP and delivers, on average, 2.4 million acre-feet of water per year to the 29 water agencies who are repaying the cost, plus interest, of financing, constructing, operating, and maintaining the SWP storage and conveyance facilities. Through the SWP, DWR supplies good quality water for municipal, industrial, agricultural, and recreational uses and for protecting and enhancing fish and wildlife.
 
 
*    Goal 3: Protect and improve the water resources and dependent ecosystems of statewide significance, including the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay-Delta Estuary.
 
**    The ability of DWR to meet many of its goals depends on its ability to achieve and maintain a healthy ecosystem in the Bay-Delta Estuary. Maintaining such an ecosystem requires understanding, collaboration, and reasonable agreement among many partners to resolve Bay-Delta issues.
 
**    The DWR collaborates and coordinates with the California Bay-Delta Authority and California Bay-Delta Program (CALFED) agencies to carry out its responsibilities of controlling salinity, providing water for use in the Delta, planning long-term solutions for environmental and water use problems, and administering Delta levee maintenance reimbursements and special flood control projects (Water Code section 12200).
 
 
*    Goal 4: Protect lives and infrastructure as they relate to dams, floods, droughts, watersheds impacted by fire and disasters, and assist in other emergencies. DWR has the responsibility of protecting public health, life, and property by regulating the safety of dams, providing flood protection, and responding to emergencies. DWR meets these responsibilities through the following activities:
 
**    Continually supervising design, construction, enlargement, alteration, removal, operation, and maintenance of more than 1,200 jurisdictional dams;
 
**    Encouraging preventive floodplain management practices; regulating activities along Central Valley floodways;
 
**    Maintaining and operating specified Central Valley flood control facilities;
 
**    Cooperating in flood control planning and facility development;
 
**    Maintaining the State-Federal Flood Operations Center and the Eureka Flood Center to provide flood advisory information to other agencies and the public; and
 
**    Cooperating and coordinating in flood emergency activities and other emergencies. (Water Code section 6000 et seq.)
 
 
*    Goal 5: Provide policy direction and legislative guidance on water and energy issues and educate the public on the importance, hazards, and efficient use of water.
 
**    Educating the public on the importance of water, its efficient use, and its dangers, as well as collecting, analyzing, and distributing water-related information to the general public and to the scientific, technical, educational, and water management communities are important DWR responsibilities.
 
 
*    Goal 6: Support local planning and integrated regional water management through technical and financial assistance.
 
**    DWR provides technical and financial assistance to local agencies; cooperates with local agencies, groups, and individuals on water resources investigations; supports watershed and river restoration programs; encourages water conservation, explores conjunctive use of groundwater and surface water, provides planning and advice on water recycling and desalination programs, administers local assistance grant and loan programs, facilitates voluntary water transfers and, when needed, operates a State drought water bank.
 
 
*    Goal 7: Perform efficiently all statutory, legal, and fiduciary responsibilities regarding management of State long-term power contracts and servicing of power revenue bonds.
 
**    During the 2001 energy crisis, the Governor and the Legislature gave DWR the statutory authority to purchase and schedule all electricity used by the three nearly bankrupt major power utilities in the State.
 
**    DWR used its authority to enter into long-term contracts with power producers to stabilize the volatile wholesale energy market and to provide the revenue certainty needed by suppliers to secure financing for construction of necessary new power plants.
 
**    DWR has been charged with the responsibility of managing the long-term contracts, including renegotiating their terms and conditions when possible.
 
 
*    Goal 8: Provide professional, cost-effective, and timely services in support of DWR’s programs, consistent with governmental regulatory and policy requirements.
 
 
*      [http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/calawquery?codesection=wat&codebody=&hits=20  California Water Code]
 
 
*      Return to [http://ecoviz.csumb.edu/wiki/index.php/Conditional_waiver_of_waste_discharge_requirements_for_irrigated_lands#Stakeholders  Conditional waiver of waste discharge requirements for irrigated lands].
 

Revision as of 12:05, 12 April 2012

The California Department of Water Resources manages all public water resources in the state of California "to benefit the State's people, and to protect, restore, and enhance the natural human environments. They ensure that the California Water Code is being enforced.


Water Management Goals

  1. Develop and assess strategies for managing the State’s water resources, including development of the California Water Plan Update.
    • Goal 2 - Plan, design, construct, operate, and maintain the State Water Project to achieve maximum flexibility, safety, and reliability.
    • Goal 3 - Protect and improve the water resources and dependent ecosystems of statewide significance, including the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay-Delta Estuary.
    • Goal 4 - Protect lives and infrastructure as they relate to dams, floods, droughts, watersheds impacted by fire and disasters, and assist in other emergencies.
    • Goal 5 - Provide policy direction and legislative guidance on water and energy issues and educate the public on the importance, hazards, and efficient use of water.
    • Goal 6 - Support local planning and integrated regional water management through technical and financial assistance.
    • Goal 7 - Perform efficiently all statutory, legal, and fiduciary responsibilities regarding management of State long-term power contracts and servicing of power revenue bonds.
    • Goal 8 - Provide professional, cost-effective, and timely services in support of DWR’s programs, consistent with governmental regulatory and policy requirements.