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Great Lakes Water Law and Policy - ENVIRON 324

3 credits

Dates: May 11-30, but you will enroll for fall term credit*.

Location: U-M Biological Station

Instructor: Stacy Coyle

Course Description

Experience first-hand the intersection of science, law and public ethics that inform U.S. water policy. Basic field work, field trips and on-site discussions with researchers and relevant local stakeholders will help elucidate the thorny issues and competing interests driving water policy decisions in Michigan, and beyond.

You will use local case studies such as the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline, Petoskey’s Bay Harbor development and regional dam removals. The course culminates in a comprehensive policy paper on one of these topics.

Students participated in an invertebrate stream survey, which is one way to assess the health of a waterway.