The Groundwater Information Center is DWR's portal for groundwater information, groundwater management plans, water well basics, and statewide and regional reports, maps and figures. California's groundwater provides approximately 30 to 46 percent of the State's total water supply, depending on wet or dry years, and serves as a critical buffer against drought and climate change. Some communities in California are 100 percent reliant upon groundwater for urban and agricultural use.
DWR has a long-standing history of collecting and analyzing groundwater data, investigating and reporting groundwater conditions, implementing local groundwater assistance grants, encouraging integrated water management, and providing the technical expertise needed to improve groundwater management practices. DWR will continue to work with local agencies and regional organizations to provide data that enables sustainable groundwater management. The Groundwater Information Center website will be updated as new information becomes available.
Interactive Map of Groundwater Information and Data
In July 2014, DWR released its experimental version of a new interactive map application to view and download selected groundwater information and data. The Department intends to test this interactive map application internally while also providing a beta version to the public.
On April 30th, 2014, a Drought Response report was completed by DWR and delivered to the Governor's office as required by the Governor's Drought Declaration (January, 2014). High-resolution figures from this report are available in the Groundwater Data Reports section of the Groundwater Information Center.