Spring 2022  |  WRS 5101 Section 001: Water Policy (56942)

Class Component:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Enrollment Requirements:
Graduate Student
Meets With:
PA 5723 Section 001
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
01/18/2022 - 05/02/2022
Tue, Thu 04:00PM - 05:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 15 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Socio-cultural, legal, and economic forces that affect use of water resources by individuals/institutions. Historical trends in water policy, resulting water laws in the United States. Institutional structures whereby water resources are managed at federal, state, and local levels.
Class Description:
Socio-cultural, legal, economic, and environmental factors affecting supply/use/quality of water at all levels. Historical trends; water laws in United States and internationally. Institutional structures for managing water at federal, state, and local levels. Current water-related issues/policies. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
There will be 4 major strands that cover: why we need water policy; how water policy can be deployed; what water policy is deployed to address water quality, supply and wildlife; and a series of sessions on water works that considers the water industry in terms of how it fits into the water cycle and from the point of view of employment. The issues will range from international to local and will also cover tribal water law.
Grading will be based on attendance, an essay, a science brief and a policy brief (together with public awareness material).

Attendance and participation - 20%
Essay paper - 20%
Science brief - 10%
Waters of Minnesota policy brief - 20%
Waters of Minnesota executive summary - 10%
Waters of Minnesota video presentation - 20%
Class Format:
Classes will involve both lectures from the instructor and interactive sessions involving input from the class. Topics covered in the first half of the course will concentrate on principles and in the second half putting principles into practice. In particular there will be a major assignment in the second half where groups will focus on different aspects of the quality of waters in Minnesota developing policy briefs on status and how improvements might be achieved through appropriate management. The policy briefs will also be developed into materials for raising public awareness.
Past Syllabi:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/pcalow_PA5723_Spring2019.pdf (Spring 2019)
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/pcalow_PA5723_Spring2018.pdf (Spring 2018)
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/pcalow_PA5723_Spring2016.docx (Spring 2016)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
20 November 2018

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