Module 4

Legal, Financial and Institutional Frameworks for Watershed Management (CSUS 843-730)

Watershed managers operate in a complicated environment of federal, state and local laws, some of which create financing and organizational mechanisms for watershed management. This fourth course in the Virtual Watershed Program will introduce key legal, financial and institutional structures for watershed management, including an in-depth study of Clean Water Act programs. Michigan governmental and non-governmental organizations involved in managing water resources will receive special attention in this course.

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: Introduction to Course and Overview of Watershed Characteristics Selecting Your Watershed Study Area
Unit 2: A History of Water Pollution Control in Michigan, 1890-2002
Unit 3: State and Citizen Initiatives Supporting Watershed Management in Michigan
Unit 4: Socioeconomic Issues in Watershed Management
Unit 5: Understanding Watershed Conflicts
Unit 6: Analyzing Watershed Conflicts
Unit 7: Handling Watershed Conflicts
Unit 8: Phase II Stormwater Regulations
Unit 9: Developing Local Policy
Unit 10: Case Studies in Local Action
Unit 11: Reflections On Your Home Watershed
Unit 12: Great Lakes Policy and Institutions
Unit 13: Future Directions

Required Text

Water Resources Planning, Andrew Dzurik, Third Edition, Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc., ISBN 0-7425-1744

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).


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Grading Policy

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