Introduction to Groundwater, Watersheds, and Groundwater Sustainability Plans – An Online Shortcourse
Thursday, April 13, 20, May 4, 18, and June 1 (15 hours plus 5 hours discussion)
9:00am – 12:00pm PDT (GMT -07:00) and Q&A 12:00pm – 1:00pm PDT
Understanding groundwater and watersheds and how we monitor, assess, and sustainably manage these resources is critical and integral to California Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs) and other water management programs. Private citizens, professionals, decision makers, executives, agency employees, and stakeholders with diverse backgrounds and in a wide variety of private, non-profit, and government responsibilities are increasingly engaged in the sustainable management and assessment of groundwater and surface water. This online short course will review the fundamental principles of groundwater and watershed hydrology, water budgets, water quality, and water law and regulation in an intuitive, highly accessible fashion. Through real world examples, participants learn about the most common tools for measuring, monitoring, and assessing groundwater and surface water resources. We then review the key steps and elements of planning for groundwater sustainability.
Fees: $100/$60 (includes textbook)
Reduced fees ($60) are available to members of California Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (board, staff, advisory committees), to California state employees, and to participants of the WEF Water 101 Workshop, February 23, 2023, and of the GRA SGMA Implementation
For reduced fee coupons and questions please contact: GroundwaterUCD@
Offered by the University of California, Davis and UC ANR.
Cooperating Organizations: Groundwater Resources Association, Water Education Foundation
Feedback from past participants:
“The entire curriculum was extremely beneficial for me. I’ve struggled finding educational information about water issues and SGMA through my subbasin; this class gave me the missing pieces to help understand how all parts of the water picture comes together.”
“I enjoyed the broad range of topics and thought all the speakers were excellent! I am also very thankful that the video recordings were posted.”
“The presenters were well prepared experts in their field and provided an overview that was both accessible and technical. They really seemed to enjoy the subject matter and Q&A.”
“Very complicated topics covered in an easy to understand way.”
“Excellent choice of topics, organization, and presentations!”