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 – 6:10 pm Monday and Wednesday
                        Zoom: https://ucdavis.zoom.us/j/551231142

Professor:       Samuel Sandoval Solis. Email: samsandoval@ucdavis.edu
                        Office hours: Thursdays 11:00 am - 12:00 pm.
                        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), due Monday April 6th
                        Work plan  (1-2 pages) due Monday April 13th
                        Literature Review due Monday April 20th
                        Methods due Monday April 27th
                        Preliminary Results due Wednesday May 11th
                        Final Report: Executive Summary/abstract (1 pg)
                        Report (7 pg. not less, not more. Not including citations) May 27th
                        Presentation (10  min) due June 1st and Jun 3rd 

Class Calendar



Instruction Begins Monday March 1, 2020

What's due?






Term Project

Introduction to Water Resources Management



Mon 30 Mar

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


Wed 1 Apr

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

Rd. 1     

Water in California and Water Budgets



Mon 6 Apr

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

Rd. 2  


Wed 8 Apr

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

Rd. 3

Ex. 2


Input Data and Model Assessment



Mon 13 Apr

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

Rd. 4  


Wed 15 Apr

Modeling calibration, verification and validation

Rd. 5

Ex. 3


Water Resources Modeling: Principles of Simulation



Mon 20 Apr

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


Literature Review

Wed 22 Apr

Water Allocation Systems

Rd. 6

Ex. 4


Water Allocation Systems and Performance Criteria



Mon 27 Apr

Performance Criteria

Rd. 7  


Wed 29 Apr

Optimization Modeling (Video, Presentation)


Ex. 5


Water Resources Modeling: Principles of Optimization



Mon 4 May

May the forth be with you!
Agriculture and Food System (Video 12 and 3
Other Recommended videos 12, and book


Wed 6 May

Reservoir re-operation (Presentation)




Cost - Benefit and Risk Analysis



Mon 11 May

Water and Energy (Video: Power Trip. The story of Energy)

   Ex. 6

Preliminary results

Wed 13 May

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


Ex. 7 (May/15)


Environmental Flows, Groundwater and Conjunctive Use



Mon 18 May

Principles of Environmental Flows (Video 1 and 2)

 Rd. 10    

Wed 20 May

Environmental Justice  (Video 12 and 3)

 Rd. 11

 Ex. 8


Water Management Experiences



Mon 25 May

No class - Memorial Day Holiday


Wed 27 May

Role of Scientist in Decision Making (Video) and Term Project Presentations


Final Report

Project Presentations



Mon 1 Jun

Project Presentation


Wed 3 Jun

Project Presentation




Due Date

Ex. 2: Water demand, conservation & efficiency (DataxlsxTutorial, Video: Part 1 & Part 2)


Ex. 3: Water Budgets and Water Allocation Systems: (DataxlsxTutorial, Video 12. and 3)


Ex. 4: Simulation Modeling in WEAP (Optional): (Data: 12, & 3TutorialVideo, Download WEAP from Canvas!)


Ex. 5: Optimization Modeling (Data, Tutorial, solvers on Canvas)


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


Ex. 7: Risk Analysis and Expected Monetary Value (Data, Tutorial, Video)


Ex. 8: Flow Regime Analysis



Reading Extent Due Date
Rd 1: Loucks and Van Beek 2017:Download book pg 28 - 45 Apr/1
Rd 2: California Water PPIC. Brochures  All brochures Apr/6
Rd 3: Water Budgets. DWR. Handbook, Ukiah Budget Diagrams Apr/8
Rd 4: Data Completion and removing human alteration  Vogel, Kadir and Wurbs Apr/13
Rd 5: Model Calibration, validation and verification  Nash Sutcliffe: 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 Apr/15
Rd. 6: Water Rights in California Summary (1, 2, and 3),  Allocation(Sandoval-Solis 2019)  Daner et al. Section 2.5 (pg 31 - 34) Apr/22
Rd. 7: Performance Criteria Hashimoto et al. (1982), Sandoval-Solis et al. (2011)  Apr/27
Rd. 8: Reservoir re-operation Reservoir sizing, ExampleFIRO, Death to Rule Curves, Re-op for Eflows May/6
Rd. 9: Groundwater Management SGMAMAR in California, FloodMAR  
Rd. 10: Environmental Flows Natural Flow Regime, Functional Flows 1 and 2ELOHACEFF  
Rd. 11: Groundwater Pollution Nitrate Contamination in California