Summer Field Course: Sustainable Water in a Wet Region

Late Application being accepted until March 15. It’s not too late to be a part of this unique learning opportunity!

ENGINEERING WASHINGTON: Sustainable Water in a Wet Region – a course on wheels!.
Summer B (~July 20 to August 19); 6 credits. $4700 (~$2000 instruction; $2700 fees) – includes all meals, hotels, transportation, speakers, entrance fees and activity fees!
Financial Aid applies.
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– How is water all connected as “One Water”?
– How can different water management sectors work together toward common goals?
– How would a “One Water” approach impact design choices made for wastewater treatment, stormwater management, or drinking water resource management?
– What would happen if recovered wastewater was used to recharge groundwater?
– What does an old reservoir bed look like after a dam is removed?
– How does management of working forests influence water?
– What does “water” mean to PNW tribal nations?
– How do water decisions differ among different communities (small vs. large), native tribes, regional planners, local planners… ?

This year, the University of Washington Freshwater Initiative and the Civil Engineering Department are offering a unique “study away” to the Olympic Peninsula. The value of water is recognized world-wide. Even in wet regions, such as the Pacific Northwest, it is important to apply sustainable strategies that recognize the inter-connections among water resource, drinking water, and wastewater. It is additionally important to recognize that culture plays a large role in ensuring that decisions match the needs of local communities.

This class is NOT taught on campus! Studying away from campus – moving between multiple strategic locations – for 1 month in a small group setting, this course will examine the intersection of the water engineering and local decision-making, with a focus on environmental implications of the climate
change predictions for temperate rain forest and wet forest regions. The Pacific Northwest will be used as a learning “laboratory”. Students will engage with water engineers and decision makers from public utilities, regional engineering firms, tribal nations, and local/regional government, while simultaneously learning about the technical solutions to water challenges. The intersections
among these groups and their view of the water sector will be examined at differing scales (state, city and small town) and from multiple cultural perspectives.

Learning, social, and experiential activities are planned to include:
– visiting water/wastewater treatment plant,
– engaging with tribal leaders,
– eating foods with cultural and regional water importance,
– visiting tidal flats,
– rain forest hiking,
– visiting the Elwha Dam removal site,
– rafting, and
– whale watching.

For more information, contact Dr. Heidi Gough (lead instructor), or use these URLs

To apply now, use this link:

Heidi Gough, PhD, PE
Research Assistant Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Washington

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