Water Resources at Florida Gulf Coast University

Study Water Resources at FGCU

Florida’s Water Wars courses, Spring 2015:

Three options are available, depending on your academic level, whether you have a science background, or whether you seek just a non-technical introduction to the field:

         IDS 3143, Florida’s Water Wars, CRN 11952 (This one is for non-majors, and for MES majors needing the IDS distribution) : Tuesday-Thursday 12:30 – 1:45

         EVR 4930, Water Resources, CRN 11502 (We can use the subtitle “Water Wars” here too, but we need a different official title): Thursdays 2:00 – 4:45

         EVR 6216, Scientific Basis for Water Quality Policy, CRN 11413 (The graduate course: with a few of the same lectures, some advanced topics, and in-depth projects)

Thursday-afternoon guest speakers this year will include:

January 15: An overview of South Florida water regulations, with agency staff from South Florida Water Management District – invited

February 5: Hye Yeong Kwan, Executive Director, Center for Watershed Protection, Ellicott City MD (special presentation, Whitaker Center STEMinar)

Friday February 6: Don’t miss our conference! 24th Annual Southwest Florida Water Resources Conference See our web site at www.awra-caloosahatchee.org

February 19:  TBA

March 19: TBA

April 16: Panel of guest speakers, describing their careers in water resources in our region; and guidance on how you can build your career.


Every Spring we run a series of courses on Florida’s water resources. For graduate students, the course is called Scientific Basis for Water Resources Policy, course number EVR 6216. For Environmental Studies majors who have had some experience in environmental policy or science, a senior-level, project-oriented course is for you: Florida’s Water Resources, EVR 4930 (soon to receive a new, permanent course number). And for non-majors and those who would like some exposure to the vital and controversial issues of how we manage water resources in Florida, consider Florida’s Water Wars, IDS 3143.

Here’s the flier for the Spring 2015 courses: WaterWars flier S15

The syllabus is chock full of hands-on activities, projects, group exercises, and ‘from the horse’s mouth’ readings from decision makers addressing today’s crucial problems. Here is a recent syllabus: Duke_WaterWars syllabus Spring 2014

Guest speakers from the community address all three courses. Guests include spokespeople for the agencies who make the policy decisions that determine how we use – and protect – our water resources; technical experts who can give us insights on our class topics with the most up-to-date commentary; and occasionally some public-interest advocates who can give their firebrand positions on how we use water, and who will face our question about their positions and their reasons. A few recent speakers:


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