University of California Cooperative Extension Groundwater Hydrology Program
Approved MCLE Credits - 13.25 hours
Groundwater and watershed monitoring, assessment and protection is an integral part of many water-related programs at the local, state, and federal level designed for sustainable development and protection of water resources in California. Today, through the implementation of programs such as groundwater management plans, source water assessments, and conjunctive use agreements, members of watershed groups, professionals, executives, and employees of diverse background and in a wide variety of private, non-profit, and government responsibilities at the local, state, and federal level are directly or indirectly involved in the management and assessment of groundwater and surface water. Yet, many find themselves lacking the multidisciplinary background, expertise, or means to meet the technical and regulatory challenges related to water and drinking water resources management. The amount of technical information available is often overwhelming.
This short course will review the fundamental principles of groundwater and watershed hydrology, water quality, and water contamination. It will provide an overview of the most common tools for measuring, monitoring, and assessing groundwater and surface water resources. And it will review current local, state, and federal programs dealing with groundwater and watersheds. The course is geared towards a broad audience that is involved in the management, assessment, and protection of water resources, either professionally, as an educator, as a stakeholder, or otherwise . Course attendees who may have some experience with, but no formal training in hydrology or related engineering or science fields, will benefit from the basic and intuitive, yet comprehensive approach of this course.
Experienced instructors with a broad in-depth knowledge of California groundwater and watershed hydrology will teach the course. Topics include:
• Surface Water Hydrology and Watersheds
• Groundwater Hydrology
• Water Rights and Water Law
• Surface Water Quality
• Groundwater Quality, Sampling, and Monitoring
• Surface Water Contaminants
• Groundwater Contamination
• Defining Watersheds and Groundwater Recharge Areas
• Vulnerability Assessments
• Understanding Potentially Contaminating Activities
• Protecting Water Resources
Approved MCLE Credits - 13.25 hours
Continuing Education Credits
Available for CDPH Drinking Water Treatment and Distribution Operators (14 contact hours).
Who Should Attend
This short course is directed toward a broad audience. Technical staff, consultants, and technical and management personnel in private and public water supply companies, irrigation districts, water districts, local and state agencies, and in resource conservation districts will find the course professionally enriching. The course also serves as an excellent introduction to hydrogeology, water resources assessment and monitoring for watershed advisors, educators, lawyers, watershed group participants, and members of environmental and other stakeholder groups and citizens alliances.
Randy A. Dahlgren, Ph.D., is a professor of Soil Science and Biogeochemistry in the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources at the University of California, Davis. His research program in biogeochemistry examines the interaction of hydrological, geochemical, and biological processes in regulating surface and ground water chemistry. He is currently involved in water quality research spanning the scale from hillslopes and vernal pools to small headwater catchments (<10 ha) to the combined Sacramento-San Joaquin watersheds. Randy received his Ph.D. and M.S. in forest soils from the University of Washington and his B.S. in soil science from North Dakota State University. He was a post-doctoral research associate in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Syracuse University before coming to UCD in 1989. He has served as Chair of the Hydrologic Science Graduate Group, director of the TMDL Research and Technical Support Program for the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers, and is currently serving as Department Chair.
Thomas Harter, Ph.D.,is the Robert M. Hagan Endowed Chair in Water Management and Policy at UC Davis. He received a B.S. in hydrology from the Universities of Freiburg, Germany and a M.S. in hydrology from the University of Stuttgart, Germany. He received his Ph.D. in hydrology (with emphasis on subsurface hydrology) at the University of Arizona. In 1995, Dr. Harter joined the faculty at the University of California, Davis, where he is in charge of the Groundwater Hydrology Cooperative Extension program. His research focuses on characterizing and assessing nonpoint-source pollution of groundwater, on the statistical and hydrodynamic evaluation of groundwater resources where data are limited, on groundwater modeling, and on a better understanding of contaminant transport processes at a wide range of spatial and temporal scales ? from the laboratory scale to the field, farm, and regional scale. He also works on groundwater resources assessments (recharge, conjunctive use) and on characterizing groundwater-surface water interactions.
Samuel Sandoval Solis, Ph.D., received a B.S. in Civil Engineering and a M.S. in Hydraulics, from the National Polytechnic Institute in Mexico. He received his Ph.D. in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering (with emphasis on water resources planning and management) at the University of Texas at Austin. In 2011, he joined the faculty at the Department of Land, Air, and Water Resources, University of California, Davis. His research focuses on designing sustainable water resource systems through: shared vision water planning, collaborative modeling, decision support systems (simulation, optimization and hydrologic models); environmental restoration and conservation policies, risk analysis and climate change. He is currently involved in an international scientific committee that is evaluating strategies to provide environmental restoration flows in the transboundary Rio Grande basin. Also, he has been involved in discussions regarding California Water Sustainability Indicators with the Department of Water Resources.
For more information, contact Mary Megarry at GRA, email@example.com or (916) 446-3626.