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.
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