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Partnerships and Collaboration

DWR’s Climate Change Team has partnered with a variety of organizations to advance climate change science, adaptation, and mitigation. Partnerships result in strengthening relationships and developing strategies for water management in the state with regard to a changing climate.
American Water Works Association is the largest nonprofit, scientific, and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water. Together, DWR and AWWA are working to inform water utilities of how to incorporate climate uncertainty in their planning process. 
California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) promotes and protects California’s robust agricultural economy. DWR and CDFA collaborate on water and energy grant programs, promoting healthy soils to uptake carbon and increase farm production, and educating the public on the impacts climate change is having on agriculture.
California Landscape Conservation Cooperative is a science-management partnership created to inform and promote integrated science, natural resource management, and conservation, to address the impacts of climate change and other stressors within and across ecosystems. DWR has been active by participating on the Steering Committee, Science-Management Team, Communications Team, and Tribal Team.
Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) is a non-profit, community-based network of volunteers that take daily local measurements of rain, hail and snow. DWR supports CoCoRaHS through regional coordination, data management, and volunteer recruitment. DWR promotes CoCoRaHS for classroom science and water workshops for teachers.
Desert Research Institute is a non-profit research campus home to the Western Regional Climate Center (WRCC). WRCC serves as a focal point for coordinated applied climate activities in the West. DWR supports WRCC’s California Climate Data Archive and the California Climate Tracker to improve web based data services for California climate information.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric  Administration (NOAA) is an agency that enriches life through science and works to keep citizens informed of the changing environment around them. With NOAA’s assistance, DWR and partner agencies developed sea level rise guidance for local California communities. The project translates the science into on-the-ground applications that can assist DWR staff,  local floodplain and coastal managers.

Rijkswaterstaat is part of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment and responsible for the design, construction, management and maintenance of the main infrastructure facilities in the Netherlands, including the waterway network. DWR and Rijkswaterstaat periodically share information to compare water management approaches.
Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes (Scripps) provides water cycle science, technology and outreach to support effective policies and practices that address the impacts of extreme weather and water events. DWR supports Scripps to develop decision support services for forecasting and planning in water management, as they relate to atmospheric rivers, and precipitation and runoff.

Tulare Basin Watershed Connections Workgroup (TB WCW) is a collaborative of natural resource managers working together to advance whole-watershed planning and resource management in the Tulare Basin based on sound science and mutually identified needs for regional economic and ecological sustainability. DWR supports the TB WCW by hosting and facilitating meetings and organizing workshops and other watershed-based training opportunities.

University of Arizona (UofA) Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences mission is to advance integrated and quantitative hydrologic and atmospheric sciences and to develop the knowledge needed to solve the water, hydrogeologic, weather, and climate related problems in the world.  UofA and DWR have developed long-term streamflow or precipitation reconstructions for the Klamath, San Joaquin and Sacramento river basins. Ongoing studies include larger Southern California watersheds, the Kern River, and Colorado River inflow to Lake Powell.

The University of California Cooperative Extensions (UC CE) are local problem-solving centers that bridge between local issues and the power of UC research. DWR supported the UC CE in hosting a workshop on migration corridors for climate adaptation. The workshop engaged scientists and practitioners working on connectivity projects to review the theory, methods, and utility of migration corridors as an adaptation strategy for climate change in California.

University of Massachusetts Hydrosystems Research Group (HSRG) has been pioneering a new approach to climate change analysis and decision support called decision scaling.  DWR is working with HSRG on applying decision scaling to the State Water Project. Currently, DWR is working with HSRG for DWR’s Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and Climate Change Adaptation Plan. 

Water Education Foundation (WEF) is a nonprofit organization creating a better understanding of water resources and fostering public understanding and resolution of water resource issues through facilitation, education and outreach. DWR has partnered with WEF to increased public knowledge of water issues by producing educational materials.
Water Education for Teachers (Project WET) is a nonprofit water education program to promote awareness of the impacts of climate change to the water sector. DWR and Project WET provide training workshops for educators at all grade levels on diverse water topics to be shared in the classroom.