California Department of Water Resources

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A part of the Organizations involved in the management of California's Central Coast Region created by the ENVS 560/L Watershed Systems class at CSUMB

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.


The California Department of Water Resources was formed in 1956 by the state legislature to design, construct and manage the State Water Project which was to bring water to southern California from the north to supply increasing demand. [1]

Legal Authority

Organizational Structure

Central Coast Context

Water Management Goals

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


  1. California Department of Water Resources "About us"



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