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Course Details

Course Code: EVSP558 Course ID: 2694 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

In recent years, water resource management in the United States has begun a shift away from top-down, government agency-directed decision processes toward a collaborative approach of negotiation and problem solving. Rather than focusing on specific pollution sources or specific areas within a watershed, this course will present this new process, considering the watershed as a whole, and seeking solutions to an interrelated set of social, economic, and environmental problems. Through readings, discussions, and current and historical case studies, students will explore a wide range of threats to the productivity and health of watersheds and explore new, collaborative approaches to watershed management.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 08/01/21 Spring 2021 Session D 8 Week session
02/22/21 - 07/30/21 08/02/21 - 09/26/21 Summer 2021 Session I 8 Week session
04/26/21 - 10/01/21 10/04/21 - 11/28/21 Fall 2021 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

The successful student will fulfill the following learning objectives:

  • LO-1 Explain key terms, approaches, and concepts of water resources management.
  • LO-2 Describe the importance of managing water resources at the watershed level.
  • LO-3 Analyze Federal, State, regional, and local policies as they apply to watershed management.
  • LO-4 Assess the various institutional, governance, legal, and financial frameworks needed for successful implementation of a watershed management plan.
  • LO-5 Assess interconnections among the diverse disciplines that are needed to adequately address practical water resources problems.
  • LO-6 Apply adaptive management strategies that enhance collaboration and support organizational missions, goals and objectives.


Assignment Percent
Discussions (5 @4% each) 20%
Week 1: Identifying a Watershed
Week 2: Watershed Planning
Weeks 3 & 4: Watershed Inventory
Weeks 5 & 6: Agriculture in Regards to Watershed Pollutant Load
Weeks 7 & 8: Case Study Comparison
Case Studies (3 @10% each) 30%
Case Study 1
Case Study 2
Case Study 3
Watershed Manager Interview 15%
Case Study Paper 25%
Case Study Poster 10%
TOTAL 100%
EXTRA CREDIT - Watershed Certificate +5%

Readings and Resources

  • Identified in the Lessons

Additional Resources: Please go to the program guides in the APUS Library for additional resources:

Software Requirements

  • Microsoft Office (MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint) - American Public University System provides Microsoft Office 365 to AMU/APU students and faculty at no cost - for further information consult the APUS Library
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.