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Watershed Management

FOR 470. WATERSHED MANAGEMENT (3) FOR 470 syllabus (Please note that syllabi are subject to change and this may not be the most current syllabus.)

This course addresses the management of wildland watersheds for control of the amount and timing of water yield, quality of water, erosion, and sedimentation with special emphasis on forest resources.  Students should have completed some coursework in soils.  Course objectives include being able to 1) describe in writing how natural factors such as vegetation, climate, geology, topography, and soil all influence the quantity, timing, and quality of water yielded from a watershed, 2)  describe in writing how water resources interact with timber harvesting, road and trail construction, and other forest-related activities and environmental stresses, 3) acquire and interpret published climatic and hydrologic data for an assigned area in the United States using library and internet resources, and 4) complete basic watershed management and hydrologic computations with proper units.  Specific topics include water and energy budgets, watershed description, precipitation, snowpacks, interception, infiltration, soil water, ground water, evapotranspiration, streamflow, humid, arid, and subalpine forests, forestry and erosion (logging roads, erosion, revegetation), water quality management (physical, chemical, biological), water sampling, herbicides, buffer zones, and watershed planning and policy.  Evaluation methods include homework and exams.  This course is offered every spring.