Water Management for Human and Environmental Systems

Winter 2015 quarter

Taught by

water resources engineering

This class will explore how we manage water to meet the often conflicting needs of human society and of the freshwater ecosystems upon which we value and rely. Issue areas will include water supply, water quality, stormwater and flooding, fisheries and endangered species, and watershed ecological functions. A key organizing principal of the class will be Integrated Water Resources Management, which is a tool for sustainable water management. In this course, we will review the science of water, and then explore how human communities interact with watersheds and the water environment. Then we will examine our legal, economic, and social structures for water management to understand how social and environmental needs intersect. The course will conclude by comparing how water management differs globally between rich and poor nations, and look ahead to the emerging challenges of climate change. Students will apply class concepts by researching individual case studies, which they will present in a technical paper and class presentation.


Faculty Biography
Paul Pickett, M.Eng., has worked in water resources engineering for over three decades. His career focus has been on water quality, hydrology, water supply, watershed functions, and climate change. He received a Bachelor of Science in Renewable Natural Resources from the University of California at Davis in 1984, and a Masters of Engineering in Environmental Civil Engineering from U.C. Davis in 1989. Since 1988 he’s worked for the Washington Department of Ecology as an environmental engineer. From 2001 through 2012 he served as an elected Commissioner for the Thurston Public Utility District, a water utility with about 3,000 customers in five counties. He has taught at Evergreen since 2009, and also occasionally writes feature articles for local publications. He lives with his wife on acreage in rural Thurston County, along with cats, chickens, blueberries, fruit trees, noxious weeds, and mud.

Program Details

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Evening

Advertised schedule: 6-10p Wed


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Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning: Access to web-based tools required, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.

Registration Information

Credits: 4 (Winter)

Class standing: Graduate

Maximum enrollment: 15


Course Reference Number

(4 GR credits): 20322

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