Freshwater is an essential resource that, much like other natural resources, is in limited supply. According to the USGS, only 2.5 percent of the total global water supply is fresh and 68.7% of that is frozen into glaciers and ice caps. This means that less than one percent of all water on earth is available to be consumed by a population of nearly 7.5 billion people. Although surface freshwater and groundwater is replenished naturally, the rate of consumption versus replenishment is not always in balance.
As the global population continues to grow, sustainable water management is increasingly more vital. Colorado State University is actively working to enhance educational resources surrounding water management via academic programs and affiliate partnerships like the Colorado Water Institute. Start taking an active role in the study and advancement of water sustainability as you earn career-building credentials in one of CSU's online water resource management degree or certificate programs.
Water Resources Management Degrees
Develop the skills to tackle evolving water concerns and other infrastructure issues.
Manage resources for long-term profitability and sustainability.
Graduate Certificate in Water Resources Management
This program features courses in water control and measurement, engineering hydrology, water resources planning and management, and more.
Online Water Resource Management Courses
- Water Scarcity: Crisis and Response
Learn about diminishing water supplies, the conflicts that arise over water, and what can be done to ensure adequate water supplies for people and nature. This course is offered through FutureLearn, the social learning platform.
- Water for the People: Gender, Human Rights, and Diplomacy
Explore the issues of gender inequality and human rights in relation to water, and the diplomatic efforts that are helping to improve access to this essential resource. This course is offered through FutureLearn, the social learning platform.