MGMT 482 is an introduction to the water management industry in California, with a special focus on southern regions of the state. The course covers topics such as the importance of water, sources of water, efficient uses of water, disposal and recycling of water, regulation of water, water infrastructure, water management agencies, the consequences of water shortage, and career opportunities in water management.
Students will gain a general knowledge of water management in California and an understanding of past, present, and future issues facing the water industry in California.
The course culminates in a Practicum Research Project that allows students to work with a local water organization on a current problem or issue.
- Understand water use and environmental issues in historical context.
- Understand water reuse strategies, watershed basics and hydrological cycle.
- Identify the sources and uses of water in Southern California and explain the implications for present and future water management.
- Identify and describe the role of Federal and State agencies and NGOs in regulating water in Southern California.
- Understand the value of Southern California’s water related infrastructure and explain the infrastructure “investment gap.”
- Identify career paths available within a water agency.
Pennington, Karrie Lynn and Thomas V. Cech. Introduction to Water Resources and Environmental Issues, Cambridge University Press, New York, NY, 2010.