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Course Description

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An introduction to the principles and practice of watershed-based planning, with an emphasis on Ontario, but with reference to other parts of Canada, the U.S. and international contexts. History of water resource use and abuse, basic concepts of hydrology, water resource management, ecosystem approaches, and planning theory are also included.

Note: This course can be taken individually or as a part of a certificate program.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  1. Examine and apply the fundamental methods of water resource analysis for watersheds;
  2. Recognize the Institutions and procedures related to watershed planning and how work in watershed planning; and
  3. Work in the context of any of a number of watershed planning contexts including sub-watershed planning, Source Protection Planning, Great Lakes Water Quality planning and management and Smart Watershed Planning.

Course Topics

  • Fresh Water: A Basic Need
  • Elements of Watershed and Water Resources Planning
  • Planning and the Policy Process
  • Legal and Institutional Frameworks of Watershed Planning
  • Producing a Watershed Plan
  • Implementing and Monitoring a Watershed Plan

Additional Requirements

Prerequisite(s):10.00 credits



Assessment Item Weight
Participation in Discussions 10%
Course Paper Proposal 10%
Course Paper 30%
Online Final Exam 50%
Total 100%

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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