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Public Affairs Office
1416 9th Street, Room 204
Sacramento CA 95814
Phone: (916) 653-6192
Fax:  (916) 653-4684

Public Affairs Office

Ed Wilson
Work: (916) 651-7512

Media & Public Information Branch

Ted Thomas
Chief, Media & Public Information
Work: (916) 653-9712
Cell: (916) 798-1701
Lauren Bisnett
Information Officer
Work: (916) 653-7564
Doug Carlson
Information Officer
Work: (916) 653-5114
Jennifer Iida
Information Officer
Work: (916) 653-3925
Cell: (916) 708-4962
Christina Jimenez
Information Officer
Work: (916) 653-0979
Maggie Macias
Information Officer
Work: (916) 653-8743
Cell: (916) 835-2016
Elizabeth Scott
Information Officer
Work: (916) 653-9515
Cell: (916) 712-3904
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DWR’s Public Affairs Office provides liaison between the Department and the public.  The Media and Information Services Branch issues news releases and responds to information requests from the news media and the general public.  Information on DWR’s Web portal is also maintained by the Media and Information Services Branch.

Ted Thomas
Chief, Media and Information Services Branch
1416 9th Street, Room 252-20
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 653-9712

More About Us

A primary Public Affairs Office goal is educating the public about a multitude of California water issues.  In addition to meeting the Department’s public relations needs, we produce internal and external publications, participate in special events outreach activities and coordinate foreign visitor tours of State Water Project facilities.  Our water education and water safety materials are made available to schools and the public and are included in DWR displays and exhibits at events throughout the State.

Click on any of the links provided on the left to access our services and learn more about the individual branches within the Public Affairs Office.

Public Affairs Mission Statement

  • Inform and educate the public about the importance of using water wisely            
  • Inform the public about DWR activities and the State Water Project
  • Inform and educate the public about flooding and other water hazards and explain how people can protect themselves
  • Inform DWR employees of significant actions and programs by the Department and by individual employees