ENVIRON 245 - Interdisciplinary Environmental Topics
Section: 001 Under Pressure: Water and Society
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Program in the Environment (ENVIRON)
Department: SNE Program in the Environment
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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Water is a resource that many of us take for granted, clean water always seems to be there waiting behind a faucet or hose, but will that always be the case? Freshwater systems play an essential role in sustaining human and ecosystem health; they also have tremendous recreational, agricultural, commercial, and industrial value. How do we as a society balance these competing needs and how might we prioritize these needs in the future given our rapidly changing climate? The purpose of this course is to explore an array of topics related to freshwater use, access, and availability within North America. The course will first introduce students to the hydrological cycle, ecological and societal values associated with freshwater and federal policies regulating freshwater resources. The remainder of class involves applying these concepts to topics such as industrial ground water contamination, harmful algal blooms in the Great Lakes, dam removal, hydrologic fracturing, the bottled water industry, and many others circumstances that threaten our supply of freshwater. We will also discuss water rights, and who should be involved with regulating this precious resource.

Course Requirements:

Active participation and attendance

Present on case studies as small groups

Write reports on literature discussed in class

Class Format:

Discussion and Lecture

ENVIRON 245 - Interdisciplinary Environmental Topics
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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