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Water Resources Engineering

Water resources are sources of water that are useful or potentially useful to humans. Uses of water include agricultural, industrial, household, recreational and environmental activities. Virtually all of these human uses require fresh water.

97% of water on the Earth is salt water, leaving only 3% as fresh water of which slightly over two thirds is frozen in glaciers and polar ice caps. The remaining unfrozen freshwater is mainly found as groundwater, with only a small fraction present above ground or in the air.

Fresh water is a renewable resource, yet the world's supply of clean, fresh water is steadily decreasing. Water demand already exceeds supply in many parts of the world and as the world population continues to rise, so too does the water demand. Awareness of the global importance of preserving water for ecosystem services has only recently emerged as, during the 20th century, more than half the world’s wetlands have been lost along with their valuable environmental services. Biodiversity-rich freshwater ecosystems are currently declining faster than marine or land ecosystems. The framework for allocating water resources to water users (where such a framework exists) is known as water rights.


  • Avdhesh K. Tyagi, Ph.D., P.E., Associate Professor
  • B. Dan Hernandez, Instructor
  • Richard DeVies, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor

Selected Courses 

Undergraduate Courses

  • Applied Hydraulics - CIVE 3833
  • Hydrology I - CIVE 3843

Graduate Courses

  • Groundwater Hydrology - CIVE 5913
  • Water Resources Planning and Management - CIVE 5923
  • Open Channel Flow - CIVE 5963
  • Groundwater Pollution Control - CIVE 5983
  • Stochastic Methods in Hydrology - CIVE 6843