Partner Spotlight: California Department of Water Resources

About the California Department of Water Resources

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) manages California’s water resources, systems, and infrastructure. These responsibilities extend to preventing and responding to floods, droughts, and catastrophic events, educating the public on water issues, conserving and restoring habitats, planning for future water needs, generating power, and maintaining and constructing water infrastructure. As part of these responsibilities, DWR manages the California State Water Project, a water storage and delivery system of reservoirs, aqueducts, power plants and pumping plants extending more than 700 miles to bring water to more than 27 million people and irrigate 750,000 acres of farm land. 

Relationship with RCDs

DWR and Resource Conservation Districts (RCDs) are natural partners, supporting each other to manage California’s water responsibly and for use by future generations. Many of our goals and objectives align, including supporting producers to irrigate efficiently and manage runoff, managing watersheds to reduce the risk of flooding, mitigating the effects of drought, and conserving water producing areas.

DWR has provided funding for many RCDs programs, most notably through their Integrated Regional Water Management Grant Program (read about three of many: Cachuma RCD’s project, Coastal San Luis RCD’s project and Honey Lake Valley RCD’s project). Many RCDs are also lead agencies or participants in their local Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) under the Groundwater Sustainability Management Act which is overseen by DWR.

The RCD community echoes the sentiments of DWR representative Jennifer Hogan, who said: “We are excited to partner with local RCD’s to implement long-term habitat management on our Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta habitat sites. We finally have annual funding in place to keep our “green infrastructure” investments in good ecological condition and working with RCDs is a great way to accomplish this. DWR’s collaboration with RCDs on current projects such as in Merced, Yolo, and Solano counties has always been a positive one, and we look to the new year to greatly expand our collaborations particularly in the Delta.”