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180.619.11
Drinking Water and Water Policy: Avoiding Another Flint

Cancelled

Location:
Online/Virtual
Term:
Summer Inst. term
Department:
Environmental Health and Engineering
Credits:
1 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Synchronous Online with Some Asynchronous Online
Dates:
Mon 06/21/2021 - Thu 06/24/2021
Class Times:
  • M Tu W Th,  1:30 - 3:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
  • J. Alan Roberson
Contact:
Alan Roberson
Resources:
Prerequisite:

This course has three prerequisites that must be completed prior to the start of the first class on 6/21/21 1. Read the four reports/articles/papers 2. Watch the video of Module 0 - The Federal Government and Water Policy 3. Take the first quiz

Description:

This course bridges the gap between water science and water policy by developing a deeper understanding of the complex water science and policy issues that will lead to a suite of solutions for the future.

Provides an overview of the federal drinking water and clean water laws, as well as the resultant regulations from these laws. Considers the contaminants addressed by the regulations and the drinking water and wastewater treatment necessary to comply with the regulations. Explores the use of the Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) to understand what’s in drinking water. Investigates current issues and problems facing the water sector, as well as some of the potential solutions.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Analyze how environmental laws and regulations protect public health and a clean environment
  2. Describe the various microbial, chemical and radiological compounds that threaten safe drinking water and clean water and the treatment processes to remove/reduce them
  3. Identify how science and policy blend together for implementation of drinking water and clean water regulatory programs
  4. Discuss the current drinking water issues and problems and some potential solutions
  5. Describe past drinking water “failures” and ways in which they may be avoided in the future
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 40% Quizzes
  • 10% Participation
  • 50% Final Paper

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

This course has three prerequisites that must be completed prior to the start of the first class on 6/21/21 1. Read the four reports/articles/papers 2. Watch the video of Module 0 - The Federal Government and Water Policy 3. Take the first quiz Due to pandemic concerns the course will meet virtually at the designated class time (using Zoom) rather than in person. The lectures will be recorded for students unable to attend 'live' but the instructor prefers that students participate during scheduled class times. The due date for the final paper will be 2 weeks after the last day of class.