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This course evaluates water quality and water sustainability issues through the analysis of local, regional, and global case studies. Key concepts and themes to be addressed include the science and policy of ensuring a safe water supply; water conservation strategies, particularly in urban areas; wastewater treatment and watershed management; and wetlands ecology, restoration, and management. Students will develop a thorough understanding of the water cycle and its relation to the sustainability of water systems; learn to define, measure, and sample water quality in a variety of contexts using field-based water chemistry sampling techniques; understand and assess the importance of water as an environmental as well as cultural resource; and evaluate contemporary water management and policy issues, particularly those affecting the waterways of the Chicago region as well as the Great Lakes ecosystem. Includes field trips to area locations such as the Chicago River, water and wastewater treatment plants, and natural and/or restored wetlands.

Credits: 3


  • ENG 101  (with a min grade of C-)

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