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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

TO ENROLL, complete this form to request permission to enroll in Prof. Coyle's section of Environ 300 (Independent Study) for Fall, 2020.

*Note: This course runs at UMBS in the spring, but you will enroll for FALL term credit. You are financially responsible for these credits, but you may not have to pay additional tuition if your total fall credits are within 12-18 hours. Students taking fewer than 12 or more than 18 credit hours will be assessed fees on those credits.
You will live at the Biological Station for the duration of the course.

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.