CE 423 Water Quality

Course Overview

In this course we explore the topic of water quality, focusing primarily on nonpoint source pollution of streams and rivers. Pollutants of concern include sediment, nutrients, bacteria, salts, metals, synthetic organic chemicals, and other emerging contaminants such as “PPCPs”. The first part of the course will have a traditional lecture format, covering various topics such as watershed hydrology, mass balances, stream chemistry, watershed assessment methods, nutrients, transport processes in streams and rivers, and green infrastructure. The second part will be primarily project-based. You will work in teams to do the project work and complete associated deliverables, similar to how a consulting firm operates. Project sites will either be on campus or within a few miles.

Links and News Stories – Spring 2014

PA Code Title 25 Chapter 93 Water Quality Standards
2014 PA Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Report

Chesapeake Bay TMDL
Jul 2015 – PA officials vow to reboot Chesapeake Bay cleanup efforts
Jan 2016 – PA unveils enhanced Chesapeake Bay cleanup plan
Feb 2016 – EPA restores funding to PA for Bay cleanup efforts