Science is integral to our policy and management decisions.

We utilize a wide range of applied science specialties to develop solutions to the complexities of sustainable water management in California, including chemists, botanists, statisticians, ecologists, hydrologists, geologists, anthropologists, and modelers.

We carefully consider the best available science when we address mandates to balance human needs with environmental protection. Science is fundamental to our work in areas such as:

  • Reservoir operations
  • Water delivery
  • Dam safety
  • Flood management and planning
  • Drought planning
  • Construction projects
  • Climate change planning
  • Weather forecasting
  • Ecosystem restoration
  • Bay-Delta monitoring
  • Water quality monitoring
  • Fish species recovery

We have a lead scientist in the Department responsible for:

  • Facilitating research and development of projects that address major water management issues
  • Providing technical expertise and mentorship for multiple divisions
  • Coordinating with federal and State agencies, NGOs, water users, professional societies, and universities on aquatic science and resource management issues in the region
  • Representing DWR within the scientific community
  • Growing science infrastructure within DWR, including working on a long-term project to develop a new Delta scientific field station




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