Low water levels in reservoir along Hoover Dam in American southwest.

FALL 2018

GES 180A4
CRN 80884
Three credits
Tuesday/Thursday from 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM
Clark A204
Instructor: Howard Ramsdell | Associate Professor, Dept. of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences

Water Sustainability in the Western U.S.

The Colorado Water Center and the School of Global and Environmental Sustainability offered this new introductory water course in the Fall 2018 semester. This three-credit course offers a multi-disciplinary overview of the issues surrounding the biggest challenges to the sustainability of life in the western U.S.

Topics include:

  • The role that water plays in supporting human populations, agriculture, and wildlife
  • The history of water development in the West
  • The processes that govern water allocation
  • How infrastructure allows water to be moved and used
  • Challenges to the sustainability of water resources
  • Population growth, climate change, and other impacts on water quality

Students from all disciplines are welcome. The only prerequisite is an interest in learning about this critical resource that has defined this part of the world and will shape its future.

To view the syllabus, click here.

Water, water, water...there is no shortage of water in the desert but exactly the right amount, a perfect ratio of water to rock, water to sand, insuring that wide free open, generous spacing among plants and animals, homes and towns and cities, which makes the arid West so different from any other part of the nation. A quote from Edward Abbey