Module 2

Building and Implementing Watershed Management Plans (CSUS 841-730)

The second course in the Virtual Watershed Program explores the process of developing and implementing a watershed management plan, from problem definition through data collection, public consultation, and program evaluation. Case studies will showcase watershed management plans that have been implemented in other watersheds, with special emphasis on watershed planning in the Great Lakes region.

This is a 3 credit virtual university Internet course typically offered Fall, Spring, Summer of every year. This course is NOT being offered Spring 2018.

Lesson Units

Unit 1: Using Adaptive Management to Guide the Planning Process
Unit 2: Identifying and Networking with Local Agencies and Citizens
Unit 3: Getting to Know Your Watershed
Unit 4: Defining a Critical Area/Focusing for Effect
Unit 5: Surveying the Water to Inventory Your Critical Areas
Unit 6: Prioritizing Pollutants, Sources and Causes
Unit 7: Determining Objectives for Your Watershed Goals
Unit 8: Identifying Systems of Best Management Practices (BMPs) Needed
Unit 9: Considering Additional Management Alternatives
Unit 10: Identifying and Analyzing Existing Local Projects, Programs and Ordinances
Unit 11: Informing and Involving the Public Unit
Unit 12: Determining Economic Impact and Legal Implications of Management Options
Unit 13: Developing an Evaluation Process
Unit 14: Assembling Your Watershed Plan

Required Text

Integrated Watershed Management Principles and Practice, Isobel Heathcote, Second Edition, John Wiley & Sons (2009).

The book can be purchased at several local bookstores or online (e.g., Amazon,  Used copies are often available on Amazon or at the Collegeville Textbook Company (321 E Grand River Ave, East Lansing, MI, 48823).


Dr. Jon Bartholic (

Erin Campbell (

Grading Policy

Analysis of watershed strategy 15%
Completion of weekly homework assignments 20%
Midterm Exam 25%
Webtalk Participation 15%
Final Exam 25%
Total 100%