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Strategic Water Planning Branch
Department of Water Resources

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Sacramento, CA 95814
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 California Water Plan
       The California Water Plan provides a collaborative planning framework for elected officials, agencies, tribes, water and resource managers, businesses, academia, stakeholders, and the public to develop findings and recommendations and make informed decisions for California's water future. The plan, updated every five years, presents the status and trends of California's water-dependent natural resources; water supplies; and agricultural, urban, and environmental water demands for a range of plausible future scenarios. The California Water Plan also evaluates different combinations of regional and statewide resource management strategies to reduce water demand, increase water supply, reduce flood risk, improve water quality, and enhance environmental and resource stewardship. The evaluations and assessments performed for the plan help identify effective actions and policies for meeting California's resource management objectives in the near term and for several decades to come.
     Our goal for each update of the California Water Plan is to receive broad input and support from Californians in producing a strategic water plan that: meets California Water Code requirements; guides State investments in innovation and infrastructure; and advances integrated water management and sustainable outcomes.

California Water Plan News

  • Water Plan eNews -- The Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the CA Water Plan publishes a weekly electronic newsletter to keep you current on Water Plan news. We welcome comments, suggestions and any news tips that may be of interest to water planners, email us.
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  • California's Groundwater Update 2013 Hydrologic Region Briefing Webinars -- Join us for three California Water Plan Webinar Hydrologic Region Groundwater Update Briefings. The Hydrologic Region Groundwater Updates, prepared in conjunction with Water Plan Update 2013, and as part of the California’s Groundwater Update 2013, provide more in depth information on local conditions. Please register for the webinars. (05/19/2015)
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  • California's Groundwater Update 2013 is available online -- California's Groundwater Update 2013: A Compilation of Enhanced Content for California Water Plan Update 2013 compiles and analyzes readily-available groundwater information to characterize California’s groundwater basins, aquifers, and well infrastructure. It contains essential data, information and analyses that will be important to the successful implementation of a statewide groundwater sustainability management process. (04/15/2015)
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  • California's Groundwater Update 2013 Release Webinar -- Join the Project Team for a 60 minute overview and short question and answer session. TWO WEBINARS WILL BE GIVEN, one on April 23rd (9 a.m.) and the second on April 24th (10 a.m.). Please register for the date and time that works best for you. Both will use the same agenda and presentations. (04/15/2015)
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  • Water Plan Update 2013 Volume 5 is now available online -- The California Water Plan Update 2013, Volume 5, Technical Guide has been released. Volume 5 is a web portal to document assumptions, data, analytical tools, and methods. (04/08/2015)
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  • Water Plan Update 2013 Highlights Japanese Translation available online -- A Japanese translation of the California Water Plan Update 2013, Highlights, has been posted online. The translation was made by Junko Sagara at CTI Engineering Co. LTD in collaboration with Kei Ishida, lab manager of the Hydrologic Research Laboratory at UC Davis. (04/02/2015)
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  • Water Plan Update 2013 Volume 4 is now available online -- The California Water Plan Update 2013, Volume 4, Reference Guide has been released. Volume 4 includes over 150 reference articles related to and used in the preparation of Update 2013. (03/03/2015)
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  • California Water and Environmental Modeling Forum (CWEMF) -- CWEMF is partnering with California’s Department of Water Resources on a virtual workshop planned for Thursday January 8th, 9:30am-12pm.  The webinar is free and, therefore, registration is not required. This webinar will provide an overview of the recently released California Water Plan Update 2013 content with a focus on the technical information that may be useful to planners, engineers and scientists. (12/17/2014)
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  • Final California Water Plan Update 2013 -- We hope everyone is enjoying their summer. We are busy with approvals, layout, production and printing the final reports. California Water Plan Update 2013 will be available soon. Thank you for your patience. (07/09/2014)
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