EAS 6920 Course

WRI will teach a seminar-style course on water and wastewater infrastructure issues. The course is titled “Water Resource Infrastructure: Assessment, Management, & Planning” and will meet every Tue this semester from 2:55 to 4:10 pm in 1102 Bradfield. All the lecture videos will be posted here.

Course description

Through a series of multidisciplinary guest lectures, this course will cover engineering, economic, planning, and regulatory aspects of water-related infrastructure, including water supply and wastewater treatment facilities; distribution networks; decentralized treatment installations; dams; and green infrastructure. We will discuss both private and public financing of water infrastructure systems, as well as the costs and benefits of source watershed protection strategies and pollution trading schemes. Infrastructure and broader municipal planning will be highlighted, with a focus on smart growth and its implications for water related infrastructure development and water quality.

Course seminar schedule

January 28th: Brian G Rahm & Sridhar Vedachalam – NY State Water Resources Institute

Infrastructure; financing; policy: it’s all connected

February 4th: Ruth Richardson & Monroe Weber-Shirk – Civil & Environmental Engineering

Drinking water at home and abroad: doing more with less


February 11th: Todd Walter – Biological & Environmental Engineering

Hydrology, natural systems, and green infrastructure


February 25th: Rebecca Schneider – Natural Resources

Runoff management: what you didn’t know about ditches


March 4th: Jery Stedinger – Civil & Environmental Engineering

Risk and uncertainty in infrastructure planning


March 11th: Mildred Warner – City & Regional Planning

Water privatization: Is it cheaper?


March 18th: Katherine Bunting-Howarth – NY Sea Grant

A policy perspective on infrastructure and water quality


March 25th: Chelsea Morris & guests – Biological & Environmental Engineering

Red tape, green infrastructure: NPDES permitting and innovation in water management


April 8th: David Kay – Development Sociology

Smart growth: What does it mean for water infrastructure and how is NY doing?


April 15th: Kieran Donaghy – City & Regional Planning

Helping municipalities with complexity: decision support tools


April 22nd: Rick Geddes – Policy, Analysis, & Management

What is the right size? Scale economies in NY water resource infrastructure


April 29th: Sridhar Vedachalam – NY State Water Resources Institute

Media coverage and public opinion of water infrastructure


May 6th: Brian G Rahm – NY State Water Resources Institute

Wrap up and discussion

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