Department of Water Resources



Mission Statement


The mission of the Department of Water Resources (DWR) is to manage the water resources of California, in cooperation with other agencies, to benefit the State's people and to protect, restore, and enhance the natural and human environment.

Major Roles and Responsibilities in Wetlands Management


DWR's roles and responsibilities in wetlands management include avoidance and mitigation of wetlands impacts, wetlands protection and restoration, and technical assistance regarding water management.

DWR is responsible for constructing, operating, and maintaining the State Water Project. As part of this responsibility, DWR is required to avoid, minimize, or mitigate for wetland impacts. The largest wetland mitigation project in which DWR is currently involved mitigates for water quality impacts to Suisun Marsh. DWR has spent approximately $40 million to enhance supplies for private and public wetlands in the marsh. DWR is also evaluating the benefit of developing a wetland mitigation bank on lands it owns in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, including Twitchell and Sherman Islands.

DWR programs that support the protection and restoration of wetland habitat are numerous. Some of these programs are mentioned below.

DWR also offers technical assistance in areas such as engineering, hydrology, mapping, water quality, and water use which are used in the protection and management of wetland an riparian habitats.

Legal Mandate

Several of the legal mandates governing DWR programs that involve wetland and riparian activities include:

DWR is also currently preparing a report required by the Central Valley Improvement Act to assess the water needs and alternative water supplies for private and public wetlands in the Central Valley not provided in the Act.

For more information on the Department of Water Resources contact:


Jim Martin, Wetlands Restoration Coordinator, (916) 227-7519

Mailing address:
Environmental Services Office
Department of Water Resources
3251 S Street
Sacramento, CA 95816

SUSUIN MARSH PROGRAM
Curt Schmutte, Program Manager, (916) 227-7567
Email: schmutte@water.ca.gov

Mailing address:
Suisun Marsh Branch
Environmental Services Office
Department of Water Resources
3251 S Street, Room A-15
Sacramento, CA 95816

URBAN STREAMS RESTORATION PROGRAM
Sara Denzler, (916) 651-9625, Fax (916) 652-9289

Mailing address:
Urban Streams Restoration Program
Division of Local Assistance
Department of Water Resources
901 P Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

SAN JOAQUIN MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
Ernie Taylor, (559) 230-3352
Email: etaylor@water.ca.gov

Mailing address:
Department of Water Resources
San Joaquin Management Program
San Joaquin District Office
3374 East Sheilds Ave
Fresno, CA 93726

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