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Course Description

Dried out lake bed

This course examines the processes leading to deterioration of soil and water quality, the impact of deterioration on use, and preventative or corrective measures: soil erosion by water and wind, soil compaction and salinization, drainage channel maintenance, sedimentation and nutrient enrichment of water, conservation programs and policies, and reclamation of severely disturbed soils and saline-sodic soils. Emphasis will be on concepts and solutions to problems in a systems approach.

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. Describe the processes and factors that relate to the soil degradation topics studied;
  2. Describe the nature and range of management approaches in use today and the most appropriate situations for use;
  3. Analyze field soil conditions and recommend and suggest appropriate management options to protect soil from erosion; and
  4. Recognize and mitigate soil salinization and restore extremely disturbed soil.

Course Topics

  • Erosion processes
  • Measuring and modelling
  • Ruslefac
  • Preventive and corrective measures
  • Preventive measures for wind erosion and best management practices for overall erosion control
  • Restoration of degraded soils and saline/sodic soils
  • Restoration of areas of extreme disturbance

Additional Requirements

Prerequisite(s): 1 of AGR*2320, ENVS*2060, SOIL*2010
Equate(s): SOIL*3080

Assessment

Assessment Item Weight
Quizzes (2 x 5%) 10%
Short Written Papers (2 x 10% each) 20%
RUSLEFAC Assignment 25%
On Campus Final Exam 45%
Total 100%

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

*Course details are subject to change.

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