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California Natural Resources Agency Department of Water Resources. Small Business Program Lorie Hall, SB/DVBE Advocate Division of Management Services January 28, 2010. DWR Business Operations. State Water Project Operations Span of 600 miles from Northern to Southern CA

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California Natural Resources AgencyDepartment of Water Resources

Small Business Program

Lorie Hall, SB/DVBE Advocate

Division of Management Services

January 28, 2010

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DWR Business Operations

State Water Project Operations

  • Span of 600 miles from Northern to Southern CA

  • 32 storage facilities, 17 pumping plants, and approx. 693 of canals and pipelines

  • Supplies water for municipal, industrial and recreational activities

  • Field Divisions: Oroville, Delta, Southern, San Joaquin, San Luis

    Management/Planning of the State’s Water Resources

  • Development and ground and surface water storage

  • Regulation of safety of dams

  • Flood protection/flood emergencies response

    Environmental Protection and Enhancement

  • Protection and enhancement of California fish and wildlife

  • Protection and restoration of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

  • Protection of public health, life and property during flood events

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DWR Small Business Program


  • Assist California small businesses increase contracting opportunities with the Department;

  • Assist Small Businesses raise their visibility in the prime community;

  • Foster partnerships between the prime firms and certified Small Businesses;

  • Assist Department staff to identify Small Business firms for their transactions

    GOALS -

  • Enhance opportunities for small business contract awards through outreach, innovation and education

  • Create successful Prime/SB partnership on DWR contracts

  • Achieve Small Business Program Mandates

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FY 07/08

Overall Expenditures:


Small Business Expenditures:


Small Business Participation:


Number of Contracts


FY 08/09

Overall Expenditures:


Small Business Expenditures:


SB Participation:


Number of Contracts


Small Business Achievements - A Two-Year Snap-Shot

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Advocate Small Business Activities

  • Conduct focused outreach at DWR pre-bid conferences

  • Facilitate Prime-Small Business partnership opportunities through:

    • Annual meetings with contracted prime firms to discuss upcoming Small Business opportunities and plans

    • Match prime firms business needs with potential small businesses

  • Monitor awards for small business activity

  • Track and report prime expenditures with small business subcontractors

  • Maintain DWR SB/DVBE Contractor Information Table

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Stronger Small Business Language in our Solicitations

Request for Qualifications (RFQ) Solicitation Language

“The Department of Water Resources actively supports the California Small Business Program. In recognizing the significant economic contribution made by California Small Businesses Executive Order S-02-06 issued February 2, 2006 mandates each California agency and department to meet annual California Small Business participation goals of 25 percent. These goals are achieved through contract awards made directly to the Small Business community or through subcontracted partnerships between Prime firms and small businesses, and each year DWR is required to track, tabulate and report overall expenditures made in the Small Business sector.”

“DWR has determined that services outlined within this solicitation include opportunities for Prime Firm - Small Business partnerships. In its continued effort to support California’s economy, and to assist DWR achieve 25% annual SB participation goals in its overall contracting, DWR strongly encourages Prime Firms to partner with California certified small businesses in response to this solicitation. Firms that include California certified small businesses as an initial team member, or those which are added subsequent to contract execution through the amendment process or task order process are required to identify the Small Business Firm status of each firm as appropriate and will be required to report expenditures made to these business concerns.”

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Engineering Services Used by DWR

  • Civil Engineering Services

  • Mechanical Engineering

  • Electrical Engineering

  • Software/Hardware Engineering

  • Other needs:

    • Geological, Hydrological, Geomorphic

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Department Solicitations

On the Street -

  • RFQ – 10046207 Division of Statewide Integrated Water Management (DSIWM) for Project Management, Technical Services and Environmental Services for the Delta Plan

    Under Development -

  • Division of Statewide Integrated Water Management for assistance to local and regional agencies in planning and implementing conjunctive and integrated regional water management programs

  • Environmental and engineering technical services for support/development of environmental documents/feasibility for Cal Fed - Bay Delta Program Surface Storage Investigations

  • FloodSAFE Initiative/Integrated Water Management Program – Integrated Flood Management

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Increasing Your Firm’s Visibility…

  • Contact the DWR SB/DVBE Advocate

  • Go to the DWR SB/DVBE Website and add your firm information to the DWR SB/DVBE Contractor Information Table

  • Attend DWR sponsored bid conferences for networking opportunities

  • Consider the possibility of a joint venture when responding to DWR solicitations

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How Do You Find Us?

DGS EProcurement Bids:

DWR Homepage:

SB/DVBE Homepage:

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Partnering with DWR

Contact DWR’s SB/DVBE Advocate

DWR Small Business and DVBE Services

Lorie Hall, SB/DVBE Advocate

1416 9th Street, Room 315

Sacramento, CA 95814


DWR Procurement and Contracting Office

Dave Kearney, PCO

1416 9th Street, Room 315

Sacramento, CA