FOR 470-WATERSHED MANAGEMENT

Spring 2000

 

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COURSE DESCRIPTION

Content:
  Management of wildland watersheds for control of the amount and timing of water
  yield, quality of water, erosion, and sedimentation.  Emphasis on forest resources
  management.

Instructional Objectives:


Instructors:
 Dr. David R. DeWalle                                        Dr. James A. Lynch
 106 Land & Water Research Bldg.                        311 Forest Resources Lab
 Phone:  863-3532                                                 Phone:  865-8830
 Fax:  865-3378                                                     Fax:  863-7193
 e-mail:  drdewalle@psu.edu                                   e-mail:  jal@psu.edu

Class Location & Meeting Time:
128 Sackett
M, W, F  11:15 AM -12:05 PM

Text:
Brooks, K. N., P. F. Ffolliott, H. M. Gregersen, L. F. DeBano.  1997.  Hydrology and the Management of Watersheds.  2nd edition.  Iowa State University Press.  Ames  IA.  502 pp.

Reisner, M. 1986. Cadillac Desert, The American West and its Disappearing Water. Penguin Books, NY. 582 pp.

Grading:
 Two exams @ 100 pts each                           = 200 pts
 Problems, library, and Internet assignments     = 300 pts
 Final comprehensive exam in final week          = 200 pts
                                                                          700 pts

 Grades will be assigned as: A = > 93.3%
A-   = 90.0 93.2
B+  = 86.7 89.9
B    = 83.4 86.6
B-   = 80.0 83.3
C+  = 76.7 79.9
C    = 70.0 76.6
D    = 65.0 69.9
F     = <65.0
Late assignments will be penalized and will not be accepted once graded papers have been returned to the class.
No make-up exams without prior consent of instructor.

Class Format:
Lectures interspersed with class discussions and guest speakers.


OUTLINE OF COURSE


Lecture
Day/Date Topic Readings
    WATERSHED HYDROLOGY  
1
M Jan 10th Introduction to course B Chapter 1
2
W Jan 12th Water balance  
3
F Jan 14th Energy balance  
4
M Jan 17th Precipitation and interception B Chapter 2
5
W Jan 19th Snow accumulation and melt B Chapter 15 (pp 311-326)
6
F Jan 21st Infiltration and soil water B Chapter 4
7
M Jan 24th Evapotranspiration B Chapter 3
8
W Jan 26th Evapotranspiration II  
9
F Jan 28th Groundwater B Chapter 5
10
M Jan 31st Streamflow generation  
11
W Feb 2nd Streamflow characterization B Chapter 19
12
F Feb 4th

Droughts

B Chapter 17
13
M Feb 7th Floods  
14
W Feb 9th CADILLAC DESERT R Chapter 1-6
15
F Feb 11th EXAM 1  
 
WATER QUALITY
 
16
M Feb 14th Introduction to Water Quality B Chapter 10
17
W Feb 16th Physical Water Quality Criteria  
18
F Feb 18th Biological Water Quality Criteria  
19
M Feb 21st Chemical Water Quality Criteria  
20
W Feb 23rd Water Quality Sampling  
21
F Feb 25th Natural Water Quality  
22
M Feb 28th Natural Water Quality  
    FORESTRY AND WATER RESOURCES  
23
W Mar 1st Timber Harvesting B Chapter 6
24
F Mar 3rd

Timber Harvesting- Snow Zone

 
  Mar 4th-12th Spring Break  
25
M Mar 13th Reforestation/Afforestation  
26
W Mar 15th Timber Harvesting Chapter 7
27
F Mar 17th Nutrient Cycling  
28
M Mar 20th Temperature/ Dissolved Oxygen B Chapter 16
29
W Mar 22nd CADILLAC DESERT II R Chapter 7-9
30
F Mar 24th EXAM 2  
31
M Mar 27th Surface Erosion B Chapter 7-9
32
W Mar 29th Channel/Mass Movements  
33
F Mar 31st Roads and trails  
34
M Apr 3rd Roads and trails  
    OTHER LAND USE IMPACTS  
35
W Apr 5th Urbanization and water quality  
36
F Apr 7th Urbanization and water quantity  
37
M Apr 10th Wastewater treatment  
38
W Apr 12th Wastewater treatment  
39
F Apr 14th Animal agriculture  
40
M Apr 17th Crop agriculture  
41
W Apr 19th Atmospheric Deposition  
42
F Apr 21st Coal and Oil/Gas developments  
43
M Apr 24th CADILLAC DESERT III R Chapter 10-Afterword
    WATERSHED PLANNING  
44
W Apr 26th Water law and policies B Chapters 11 & 12
45
F Apr 28th Watershed planning B Chapters 13 & 14
       
    FINAL COMPREHENSIVE EXAM - 

TUESDAY, MAY 2ND, 4:40-6:30PM

 


Lecture Links:

Lecture 1/10
Lecture 1/12
Lecture 1/14
Lecture 1/17
Lecture 1/19
Lecture 1/21
Lecture 1/24
Lecture 1/26
Lecture 1/28
Lecture 1/31
Lecture 2/02
Lecture 2/04
Lecture 2/07

Course Web Links:
Exam 1 Answers
Exam 1 Questions (can be printed)

Exam 2

Problem Sets/Answer Keys:

Problem Set #5 Questions


Some Internet Links:
USGS Water Resources
EPA Surf Your Watershed
Water Resources of PA (USGS)
USGS Sediment Database
Water-Quality and Streamflow Data

Watershed Management Laboratory (FOR 471)

American Water Resource Association (PSU Chapter)

Searching for Water Resources Jobs on the Internet



Last modified: February 2, 2000 Mr. Groundhog said six more weeks of winter!!