ULC Course Description

Water and the Watershed
Control Number: 164
Course Number: 33WAW01A
CEUs: 2.7     PDHs: 0.0     LUs: 0.0     PDUs: 0.0     CMs: 0.0     ACE: 0.0     CEHs: 0.0
This course provides participants with an understanding of the history of Corps watershed policy and regulation, the conceptual, technical, and institutional tools available for watershed planning and management and the physical nature 1and role of water in the watershed.

This course targets students who work on civil works project delivery teams for watershed studies, multi-purpose studies, masterplans, special area management plans and related activities. It aims to impart a broad understanding of the institutional policies, science and available tools for watershed management and planning. The course covers the occurrence, movement, storage, and control of water (surface and ground water hydrology); the natural development of the landscape (geomorphology); the concept of the watershed as a bioregion and ecosystem; the development of the water resources for multiple purposes; the restoration of natural features in wetlands and Corps' restoration projects; and the social, cultural and institutional elements of watershed management. Historical and current regulations and policies affecting the Corps’ approach to watershed planning and management are covered. Conceptual tools discussed include adaptive management and collaborative management with other stakeholders to resolve water conflicts. Technical tools include methods and models available to simulate hydrologic and ecological features and for study management. The course will discuss the many active local organizations and federal agencies with a stake in the water of the watershed and the role of the Corps in watershed initiatives and partnerships.

Nominees normally are assigned to: (a) Occupational Series: Selected 800 and 400 series, 028, 819, 184, 101, 401, and 1301, (b) Grade GS-09 and above. Nominees should be planners/study managers, project managers, hydrologists, hydraulic or environmental engineers, biologists, economists, sociologists, ecologists, water control managers, etc.


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