Public Notices

Welcome to DWR's 'Public Notices' section. We list here all current public notices of interest to both the public and private sectors, including notices of public hearings, intent to award contracts and grants and purchases.

Notice of Supplemental Initial Study/ Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND) for work at Bethany Reservoir (8/14/2018)

DWR has submitted supplemental Initial Study / Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND) for work at Bethany Reservoir in Alameda County.


DWR is proposing to perform additional maintenance activities at Bethany Reservoir’s earthen dams. The proposed project changes include actions to ensure the continued safe operation of the Bethany Reservoir, part of the State Water Project (SWP). These actions include: drainage ditch improvements to control vegetation, improve flow of water away from the dam faces, and for seepage monitoring; and repair damage caused by rodent burrow holes on the Bethany Dams, and prevent future burrow damage. DWR’s Division of Engineering and Division of Operations and Maintenance Dam Safety Branch has recommended these improvements in order to facilitate monitoring and prevent potential damage or failure of the dams.


For more information

Contact:  Gerald Snow

California Department of Water Resources

Division of Operations and Maintenance

1416 Ninth Street, Sixth Floor

Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone: (916) 653-7213

Fax: (916) 653-9978




Notice of Intent to Adopt a Mitigated Negative Declaration for Winter Island Tidal Habitat Restoration Project (8/10/2018) - The Department of Water Resources is the Lead State Agency under the California Environmental Quality Act and has prepared in cooperation with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife a Draft Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Winter Island Tidal Habitat Restoration Project.

  • The Project is located in Suisun Bay between Broad Slough and Middle Slough, just north of the City of Pittsburg, in Contra Costa County. Winter Island sits at the confluence of the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers, in the corridor between Browns Island and Sherman Island Waterfowl Management Area. The Winter Island Tidal Habitat Restoration Project is proposed by DWR to restore connectivity to the interior of Winter Island to create aquatic and riparian habitat to benefit native species. Winter Island was formerly managed for duck hunting and currently receives muted tidal flows. The Project will enhance up to 544-acres of tidal wetland, associated high marsh and riparian habitats benefiting listed fish species including Delta Smelt (Hypomesus transpacificus), Chinook Salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha), and Longfin Smelt (Spirinchus thaleichthys).The Project is intended to partially fulfill the 8,000-acre tidal habitat restoration obligations of DWR, contained within the 2008 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Delta Smelt Biological Opinion and referenced in the 2009 National Marine Fisheries Service Salmonid Biological Opinion, for long-term coordinated operations of the State Water Project and the federal Central Valley Project.

  • Public Review Period
    The IS/MND is being circulated for public review and comment for a period of 30 days beginning 08/10/18.   Comments on the IS/MND are welcomed and should be submitted no later than 5 P.M. on 09/10/18. Please send comments to:

    Department of Water Resources
    Fish Restoration Program
    Attn: Joy Khamphanh
    P.O. Box 942836
    Sacramento, California 94236-0001 |  (916) 376-9824


Notice of Preparation (NOP) (7/13/2018) – DWR released an NOP for the development of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the proposed State Water Project Water Supply Contract Amendments for Water Management and California WaterFix (proposed project). Any interested person may comment on the scope of the EIR for the proposed project. Comments must be in writing and received by 5 p.m. on August 13, 2018, which is 30 days after publication of the NOP.

  • Send your written comments to: Cassandra Enos-Nobriga, Executive Advisor, State Water Project, Department of Water Resources, 1416 Ninth Street, Room 1148-3, Sacramento CA 95814, or by email to

  • DWR will hold a scoping meeting on Thursday, August 2, 2018 in the Resources Building Auditorium, 1416 Ninth Street, Sacramento, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., which will include a brief presentation about the proposed project followed by public comment on the scope and content of the EIR analysis.

Notice of Proposed Action (8/17/2018) – DSOD has revised the draft permanent regulations that establish standards for inundation maps. Please see the Notice of Proposed Action for details on how to submit comments on the revisions by September 1, 2018. Please contact Kristen Martin at or (916) 227-2170 with any questions.

Notice of Availability of The Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report for The Yolo Bypass Salmonid Habitat Restoration and Fish Passage Project

Annual Fees Regulations (Emergency Regulations Adopted by DWR)

Inundation Map Regulations

Dutch Slough Tidal Marsh Restoration Project

Notice of Preparation

Prop 84 Proposal Solicitation Package

Sherman Island Whale’s Mouth Wetland Restoration Project

Cantua Creek Stream Group Improvements Project Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration

Travel Payment to Agency Report

DWR NOI Decker Island for Newspaper

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