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About DWR - Office of Environmental Compliance

Our mission is to protect the quality of the State's environmental resources via compliance, permitting, habitat restoration and State Water Project (SWP) mitigation.

Environmental Compliance and Evaluation

  • Provides environmental compliance services to DWR and occasionally to other State and federal agencies.
  • Develops environmental documents in support of the SWP; flood protection and levee maintenance activities; and preservation and restoration of the State's ecosystem.
  • Provides the Department's Wetlands, Cultural and Historic Resources Coordinator, and Environmental Site Assessments.
  • Supports and participates in environmental stewardship and coordination of environmental requirements as specified in Water Resource Engineering Memorandum 58a.

Ecological Studies

  • Responsible for developing scientific data and solutions for habitat restoration actions in the Yolo Bypass and the Sacramento River Basin.
  • Provides support for planning and implementation of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) license for the Oroville Project and the related Habitat Expansion Agreement.

Mitigation and Restoration

  • Analysis and evaluation of ecological, water resource, and restoration projects.
  • Support the planning and implementation of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan and CALFED Record of Decision
  • Manage mitigation projects for the SWP.
  • Deploy monitoring and restoration programs for DWR and California Bay Delta Authority.