Spring 2006 Course Description

Advanced Topics in Public Policy

Section Title: Water: Resource and Environmental Challenges
Instructor(s): Charles Groat
Course: P A 388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy
(previously Seminar in Topics in Public Policy)
Unique Number: 62571
Day & Time: Wednesdays, 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Room: GEO 3.222
Waitlist Information:For LBJ Students: UT Waitlist Information
Notes: Same as EMR 396 (#16265), GEO 394 (#25840)

This course fulfills requirements for the following specialization(s):

Description: This seminar will use a case-study approach to investigate how science is being used or can be better used to inform important management and policy decisions affecting major water resource and environmental issues. In each case we will examine the hydrologic setting, identify the issues, determine the status of the management or regulatory process, then explore options for next steps based on science, economics, regulatory framework, and other considerations (social concerns, politics, etc.). Possible case studies include the Texas Water Plan (or some aspect of it), Las Vegas water supply, the Everglades, Klamath River, Atlanta water wars, Great Lakes, Iraq wetlands reconstruction, a U.S./Mexico water issue, and others. Each student will manage and report on a case study. There will be guest presentations and group discussions of common issues.

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