Waters of the West

An introduction to western water laws, water management policies, and the legacy of water federalism. Particular attention is given to instream flow programs, Native waters, community ditches, water justice, and water conservation efforts in the Southwest. 1 unit.

Prerequisite: Southwest Studies 102 or Environmental Program 128 or Environmental Program 145 or consent of instructor.

1 unit — Perramond

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SW352 allows for a water law, policy, and management sub-focus in the western and southwestern US. We will learn and confront western water laws, infrastructure, the resulting consequences, how cultures, and our region’s states, approach water and conceive of it, and what challenges remain for us to address during our lifetimes.

Horsetooth Dam in northern Colorado

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Term Block Title Instructor Location Student Limit/Available Updated
Spring 2022 Block 8 Waters of the West Eric Perramond Armstrong Hall 234 25 / 1 05/23/2022
Fall 2022 Block 1 Waters of the West Eric Perramond TBA 25 / 0 05/23/2022
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