DWR  is Working Together DWR is Working Together

Sustainability means working together! As new problems arise, new solutions are needed.  To maintain a sustainable human and natural world means understanding and responding to the continual interaction and change between them. But dealing with the scale and complexity of natural and human systems necessarily means that one person, one group, one division, or even one agency is not robust enough to understand totality of these systems nor sufficient to respond to continuous change.

So for DWR, sustainability means working together, pooling our collective  knowledge and expertise to more fully understand and respond to the changing world around us. This page gives some examples of how DWR works together, both internally with DWR's various programs, branches and divisions as well as with other agencies and partners, all with the goal of helping California's precious water resources and the human and natural systems that depends on them be more sustainable.


California Water Plan California Water Plan

The California Water Plan is probably one of the largest and most inclusive examples of DWR working together. Not only does the plan include 28 state agencies (See table below)

Air Resources Board

 Native American Heritage Commission

Boating & Waterways

Natural Resources Agency

Business, Transportation & Housing Agency

Ocean Protection Council

Cal/Environmental Protection Agency

Office of Planning & Research

Coastal Commission

Parks & Recreation


Public Health

Delta Stewardship Council

Public Utilities Commission & DRA

Emergency Management Agency

Sierra Nevada Conservancy

Energy Commission

State Lands Commission

Fish & Game

State Water Resources Control Board & Regional Boards

Food & Agriculture (Board of)

Strategic Growth Council

Food & Agriculture (Dept.)

Toxic Substances Control

Forestry & Fire Protection (CALFIRE)

Transportation (Caltrans)

Housing and Community Development

Water Resources (DWR)

but it also includes working with  elected officials, tribes, water and resource managers, businesses, academia, stakeholders, and the public to develop the findings and recommendations  that will help make informed decisions for California’s water future. The plan is updated every five years, and presents the status and trends of California’s water-dependent natural resources and water supplies. It also includes agricultural, urban, and environmental water demands with a range of plausible future scenarios. The California Water Plan also evaluates different combinations of regional and statewide resource management strategies to reduce water demand, increase water supply, reduce flood risk, improve water quality, and enhance environmental and resource stewardship. The evaluations and assessments performed for the plan help identify effective actions and policies for meeting California’s resource management objectives in the near term and for several decades to come. The California Water Plan presents these actions and policies, along with recommendations for implementing them, as a way of assisting policy-makers and others considering the state of water in California.

DWR Activities DWR Activities

Methyl Mecury Project Methyl Mecury Project

Methy-mercury (MeHg) is a severe health hazard left over from early mining in California. The map on the left shows the extent of the problem. In October, 2011, DES staff participated in a site visit with staff from the Department of Fish and Game, Moss Landing Marine Laboratory (MLML), and the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board to learn about DFG's (MeHg) experimental control ponds in the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area.  Scientists from the DFG Marine Pollution Studies Laboratory and MLML are partnering in an ERP funded study on the factors affecting MeHg production in managed wetlands of the Yolo Bypass and Best Management Practices for reducing MeHg. 

As a preliminary step, nine experimental control ponds will be used in the next phase of the study, which will last through 2014.  Staff discussed potential partnering opportunities between DWR and DFG in carrying out further MeHg evaluation and control studies as part of our responsibilities under the Delta Mercury Control Program and Delta MeHg TMDL.  Specifically, staff discussed the need to conduct MeHg control studies in tidal wetlands of the Delta, a potential partnership and study topic that can be pursued once staff has been hired for the new Mercury Monitoring and Evaluation section in DES.