Watershed Management

This course introduces students to the physical, biological, and ecological processes that influence hydrology on urban, forest, and rangeland watersheds. Students gain an understanding and appreciation of the complexity of the hydrologic cycle and how it affects regional and global water supplies. Attention is given to legal and economic aspects of managing fresh water as a renewable, but limited, resource. Weekly labs consist of classroom exercises to develop relevant cartographic and computational skills as well as field experiences to physically measure and assess the condition of local watersheds.