This multidisciplinary course examines the scientific, institutional, and analytical aspects of managing water quantity and quality. Students are provided a historical context that is useful for assessing current policy. The water cycle and basic hydrology are reviewed. The course surveys the laws and regulatory instruments for managing water quantity and quality, which operate across federal, state, and local levels of government. Funding issues associated with water resources management include operating and capital budgets, debt financing, the challenges of pricing, and the role of privatization. The course addresses the management of water supply and demand in the United States by economic sector and by in-stream and off-stream uses. This includes trends in water supply and demand, as well as modeling methods for water supply management. Fundamentals of flood and drought management are covered, with attention given to the context of global climate change and extreme events. The critical role of the general public in water resource management decision making is addressed in the context of structured techniques involving economic analyses, multi-objective analyses, and collaborative decision making. Water quality-based management under the federal Clean Water Act includes the topics of water quality standards, water quality assessments, total maximum daily loads (TMDLs), and ensuing permit requirements. Regional ecological water resources management is addressed for the Susquehanna River and by contrasting the Chesapeake Bay case with other large-scale cases.

Course instructor: 
George, Williams

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