HYD243 Water Res. Plann. & Manag.

Water Resources Planning and Management

HYD 243 - EBS 243  

CRN: HYD 243 (82905) and  EBS 243 (82906)


Instructor: Dr. Samuel Sandoval Solis

This class focuses in an integrated water resources management approach for every sources of water and type of use, showing fundamental concepts for every aspect of coupled human and natural systems, as well as the fundamentals of decision-making processes. Programming techniques to water resources planning, analysis and management.

 Key concepts learned in this class are:

  • Integrated water resources management
  • Natural flow regimes
  • Surface water and groundwater modeling and calibration
  • Performance criteria for water resources systems
  • Engineering economics
  • Agriculture hydrology and water needs
  • Urban hydrology and water needs
  • Environmental flows and environmental water management
  • Reservoir operations and re-operations
  • Groundwater management and aquifer recharge
  • Conjunctive use of water
  • Shared vision and collaborative modeling
  • IWRM and decision making processes
  • Holistic Water resources management

Lectures:        5:30 – 6:30 pm Monday and Wednesday
                        Zoom: https://ucdavis.zoom.us/j/99941684248

Professor:       Samuel Sandoval Solis. Email: samsandoval@ucdavis.edu
                        Office hours: Wednesdays 8:00 am - 10:00 am.
                        For an appointment please sign in: https://calendly.com/samsandoval/office-hours                        For other times, please send an email to the instructor 

Grading:          60% Exercises (Ex.) and Readings (Rd.). Late submission -10%/day
                        40% Term project.

Term project: Template.
                        Abstract/Main idea (1/2 – 1 page)
                        Work plan  (1-2 pages) 
                        Literature Review
                        Preliminary Results 
                        Final Report: Executive Summary/abstract (1 pg)
                        Report (7 pg. not less, not more. Not including citations) May 26th
                        Presentation (10  min) due May 26th and June 2nd 

Class Calendar



Instruction Begins Monday March 29, 2021

What's due?






Term Project

Introduction to Water Resources Management



Mon 29 Mar

Discussion of Syllabus and logistics of the class (Presentation, Video)


Wed 31 Mar

Introduction to Water Resources Management (Presentation, Video 1 & 2)

Rd. 1     

Water in California and Water Budgets



Mon 5 Apr

Principles of Environmental Flows (Video 1 and 2)

Rd. 2  


Wed 7 Apr

Control volumes, conservation of mass & water budgets (Handout, Video, Excel)

Rd. 3

Ex. 1


Input Data and Model Assessment



Mon 11 Apr

Streamflow Completion and, Unimpaired and Naturalized Flows (Presentation, Video)

Rd. 4  


Wed 14 Apr

Modeling calibration, verification and validation

Rd. 5

Ex. 2


Water Resources Modeling: Principles of Simulation



Mon 19 Apr

Water Resources Modeling & Principles: Simulation (Video, Presentation). Water Allocation Systems

 Rd. 6  

Literature Review

Wed 21 Apr

Agriculture and Food System (Video 12 and 3). Optional videos 12, and book.


Ex. 3


Water Allocation Systems and Performance Criteria



Mon 26 Apr

Performance Criteria

Rd. 7  


Wed 28 Apr

Optimization Modeling (Video, Presentation)


Ex. 4


Water Resources Modeling: Principles of Optimization



Mon 3 May

Water in California (Presentation, Video part 1 and  2)


Wed 5 May

Reservoir re-operation (Presentation)


Ex. 5 


Cost - Benefit and Risk Analysis



Mon 10 May

Cost Benefit Analysis (PresentationVideo)


Preliminary results

Wed 12 May

Role of Scientist in Decision Making (Video) and Environmental Justice  (Video 12 and 3)

   Rd. 11

 Ex. 6


Environmental Flows, Groundwater and Conjunctive Use



Mon 17 May

Risk Analysis and Expected Monetary Value  (PresentationVideo)


Wed 19 May

Groundwater Management & Conjunctive use of Water (Video 12 and 3

 Rd. 10

Ex. 7


Water Management Experiences



Mon 24 May

Term Project Presentations


Wed 26 May

Term Project Presentation

   Ex. 8 

Final Report

Project Presentations



Mon 31 May

No class - Memorial Day Holiday


Wed 2 Jun

Term Project Presentation


Other recommended videos: 


 Instructions to join Hydrolearn

Due Date

Ex. 1: Hydrolearn
-  Introduction (Text file)  
- Components of the Water Budget: Introduction Environmental Water Needs (Tutorial, sheet)


Ex. 2: Hydrolearn
- Components of the Water Budget: Urban and Rural Water Demands (Tutorial, sheet)


Ex. 3: Hydrolearn
- Components of the Water Budget: Agricultural Demand (Tutorial, sheet)


Ex. 4: Hydrolearn
- Components of the Water Budget: Water Budget and Water Plan Summary: Baseline Water Budget (Tutorial, sheet)


Ex. 5: Water allocation systems (Tutorial, Sheet)


Ex. 6: Cost – Benefit Analysis (Data, Tutorial, Video)


Ex. 7: Optimization Modeling (Data and Tutorial)


Ex. 8: Risk Analysis and Expected Monetary Value (Data, Tutorial)



Reading Extent Due Date
Rd 1: Loucks and Van Beek 2017:Download book pg 28 - 45 Mar/31

Rd 2: Environmental Flows

Natural Flow Regime, Functional Flows 1, 2ELOHA,  CEFF Apr/5
Rd 3: Water Budgets. DWR. Handbook, Ukiah Budget Diagrams Apr/6
Rd 4: Data Completion and removing human alteration  Vogel, Kadir and Wurbs Apr/12
Rd 5: Model Calibration, validation and verification  Nash Sutcliffe: 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 Apr/14
Rd. 6: Water Rights in California Podcast, Summary (1, 2, and 3),  Allocation(Sandoval-Solis 2019)  Daner et al. Section 2.5 (pg 31 - 34) Apr/21
Rd. 7: Performance Criteria Hashimoto et al. (1982), Sandoval-Solis et al. (2011)  Apr/26

Rd. 8: California Water PPIC. Brochures

 All brochures May/3
Rd. 9: Reservoir re-operation Reservoir sizingExampleFIRODeath to Rule CurvesRe-op for Eflows  May/5 
Rd. 10: Groundwater Management SGMAMAR in CaliforniaFloodMAR
Rd. 11: Groundwater Pollution Nitrate Contamination in CaliforniaSustainable for Whom? May/24