DWR Updates

A view along the Truckee River between Interstate 80 and Olympic Valley, California within Placer County.

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced $7 million in grants to restore streams, creeks, and rivers to more natural environmental conditions and reduce flood damage risks across multiple communities in California.

DWR environmental scientist Morgan Martinez checks specialized netting and water collection containers while taking water samples from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta on DWR's research vessel the Sentinel.

This April marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and to commemorate its theme of “climate action” the Department of Water Resources (DWR) is highlighting an important tool used for detecting the impacts of climate change in California’s Delta region; its research vessel, the Sentinel.

Wade Crowfoot, California Secretary for Natural Resources, addresses the County Drought Advisory Group in Sacramento, California on October 1, 2019.

The Department of Water Resources has released a draft report with recommendations and guidance to help small water suppliers and rural communities plan for the next drought, wildfire, or other natural disaster that may cause water shortages.

Aerial view looking south at the S Bacon Island road bridge over Middle River connecting the eastern side of Bacon Island (right) and Jones Tract, both part of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta in San Joaquin County, California.

The COVID-19 pandemic underscores the need to protect public health and safety. For the Department of Water Resources (DWR), this means continuing essential functions such as reliable water delivery, flood protection, dam safety, infrastructure maintenance and environmental enhancement, while maintaining the highest standards for transparency.

William Gianelli

William Gianelli, the Department of Water Resources’ (DWR’s) third Director, passed away at the age of 101 in Monterey, California on March 30. Known for being an engineering expert, water community leader, and champion of the State Water Project (SWP), Gianelli dedicated more than 30 years to public service in both state and federal government.

Scientists and staff from DWR and the Department of Fish and Wildlife step away from their daily activities and into the heart of the Delta in a partnership with Riverview Middle School in Rio Vista for a morning of learning the importance of Delta research and monitoring.

Earlier this year, scientists from Department of Water Resources (DWR) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) took a break from their daily monitoring and research activities and stepped into sixth, seventh, and eighth-grade classrooms at Riverview Middle School in Rio Vista.