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Mark Cowin, Deputy Director
Integrated Water Management

Mark Cowin was appointed Deputy Director for Integrated Water Management (formally Regional Water Planning and Management) of the Department of Water Resources on May 2, 2007. His primary responsibilities include overseeing DWR's flood management and dam safety programs, implementing Integrated Regional Water Management, coordinating DWR's efforts related to climate change, and updating and implementing the California Water Plan.

Prior to this assignment, Mr. Cowin served for five years as Chief of DWR’s Division of Planning and Local Assistance, which is responsible for the State's strategic planning for water management and for providing technical and financial assistance for water management to local agencies and communities. As Division Chief, Mr. Cowin oversaw development of the California Water Plan Update 2005, administered Propositions 13 and 50 grant and loan programs, and participated in development of the water management components of the Governor’s Strategic Growth Plan.

In previous assignments, Mr. Cowin served as an Assistant Director for the CALFED Bay-Delta Program. While at CALFED, he was responsible for the Bay-Delta Program‘s water management planning activities and participated in developing the CALFED plan for restoring ecological health and improving water management for beneficial uses of the Bay-Delta. Mr. Cowin has worked at DWR for over 25 years. He received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Stanford University in 1980.


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Mailing Address:

California Department of Water Resources
P.O. Box 942836, Room 1155-A
Sacramento, CA 94236-0001

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Resources Building
1416 - 9th Street, Room 1155-A
Sacramento, CA 95814

Celeste Lavrigata, Executive Assistant
Telephone: (916) 654-7180
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