Course description: Water Resources Planning provides an opportunity to study and understand general planning principles in water resource management as it is applied to contemporary and future water
needs. The course emphasizes real world challenges and current water resource planning issues through read ings; class lectures, discussions and activities; guest speakers; and site visits. Throughout the US and globally, watershed management practices and provision of water and wastewater infrastructure significantly impact economic growth, social justice, and environmental quality. Planners, managers,engineers, and public policy analysts must be able to evaluate and synthesize these relationships in order to achieve more sustainable water management.
Course objective: At the end of this course, students will understand and be able to synthesize water fundamentals (water quantity, quality, history, governance) and major water uses/interactions/strategies (water uses such as agriculture, industry, municipal, environmental, recreation, and spiritual values; water interactions such as water in cities, stormwater, wastewater, and flood preparation/mitigation; and water strategies such as pipeline projects, dams, desalination, water conservation, reuse, greywater, and rainwater harvesting). Throughout the course, we will apply these topics to examples and case studies. The objective of the course is for students to be able to evaluate and prescribe water planning and management strategies that will ensure adequate amounts of accessible, affordable, clean water for human use while maintaining environmental water flows.