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3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory, 4 units

Catalog Description
Overview of water/wastewater regulations with emphasis on federal, state and local regulatory standards. Integrated study of the principles of water movement and management including hydrology, water distribution, wastewater collection, storm water management and overall safe drinking water issues.

ENVT 100 or concurrent enrollment

Entrance Skills
Without the following skills, competencies and/or knowledge, students entering this course will be highly unlikely to succeed:
1) Define and apply environmental technology terminology and acronyms
2) Understand and analyze historical environmental laws and regulations which impact water/wastewater management and their effects on the environment
3) Understand and apply pollution prevention philosophy to wastewater management
4) Have a general understanding of Proposition 65 Safe Drinking Water Act product carcinogen labeling and posting requirements, EPA-NPDES permit requirements and sewage waste discharge criteria

Course Objectives
Students will be able to:
1) Comprehend the characteristics of water pollutants
2) Describe wastewater generator discharge requirements and limitations
3) Define drinking water specifications for human consumption
4) Distinguish appropriate terms common to the water/wastewater industry
5) Differentiate and contrast federal, state and local water/wastewater laws
6) Describe agencies that regulate water/wastewater quality and compliance
7) Demonstrate a working knowledge of wastewater treatment

Special Materials Required of Student

Minimum Instructional Facilities
Standard classroom

Course Content
1) Water Laws and Regulations Historical Prospective
a. Water Allocation Law
b. Reclamation Act
c. Refuse Act
d. Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act
e. Clean Water Act
f. Safe Drinking Water Act

2) Federal Water Agencies
a. U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (USACE)
b. U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR)
c. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWG)
d. Bureau of Land Management
e. Environmental Protection Agency
f. Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
g. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
h. Regional Water Quality Resource Control Board

3) Local, Regional, State Water Agencies
a. State Water Resources Control Board (California)
b. Metropolitan Wastewater Department
c. Department of Environmental Health

4) Water Quality Management
a. Water Pollution
   1. Point Source Pollution
   2. Nonpoint Source Pollution
b. Inorganic Chemicals
   1. Metals
   2. Minerals
c. Organic Chemicals
   1. Natural Organic Chemicals
   2. Synthetic Organic Chemicals
   3. Pesticides
   4. Nutrients
   5. Nitrogen Cycle
   6. The Phosphorus Cycle
   7. Eutriphication
d. Waterborne Diseases
e. Watershed Protection Program
f. Storm Water Management

   1. Program Requirements
   2. Written Program
   3. Inspections
   4. Phase One - Nonpoint source identification
   5. Phase Two - Point source identification
g. Wastewater Discharge Requirements
   1. Quantitative Measurement Limitations
   2. Testing
   3. Permitting

5) Drinking Water Treatment
a. Clarification
b. Coagulation/Flocculation
c. Aeration
d. Softening
e. Filtration
f. Disinfections
g. Sludge Treatment

6) Wastewater Treatment
a. Waste Treatment Plant Design
b. Preliminary Treatment
c. Primary Treatment
d. Advance Primary Treatment
e. Secondary Treatment
f. Fixed Filter Processes
g. Trickling Filters
h. Biological
i. Activated Growth Processes
j. Sludge Characteristics
k. Sludge Discharge

7) Water Use Minimization
a. Wastewater Reuse/Minimization
b. Recycled Water Usage

Method of Instruction
1) Lecture and discussion
2) Projects
3) Field trips

Method of Evaluation
A grading system will be established by the instructor and implemented uniformly. Grades will be based on demonstrated proficiency in subject matter determined by multiple measurements for evaluation, one of which must be essay exams, skills demonstration or, where appropriate, the symbol system.
1) Attendance
2) Participation
3) Hands-on activities
4) Written skills including essay exams, homework, research or other papers

Texts and References
1) Required: Cech, Thomas V. Principles of Water Resources. John Wiley and Son, 2002.
2) Supplemental (provided in classroom):
a. California and Federal Code of Regulations pertaining to water/wastewater
b. Health and Safety Code pertaining to drinking water
c. Proposition 65 Safe Drinking Water Act Chemical List

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