HC 441: WILLAMETTE RIVER POLLUTION AND REMEDIATION

Syllabus

Clark Honors College, Spring 2004

Purpose: We will explore the sciences of freshwater chemistry and ecology, review the history of the Willamette River and watershed, examine the sources, causes, and effects of pollution, and investigate how the river basin can be cleaned up. Students will discover and analyze, summarize, and critique information resources from a variety of disciplines. The class will develop an integrated, interdisciplinary perspective on environmental quality in the Willamette basin and assemble an annotated bibliography and list of resources that will be made available to the public. This course may satisfy part of the HC science requirement or the colloquium requirement.

Instructors:

Dennis Todd
309 Chapman Hall
346-2517; dtodd@darkwing
office hours 1000-1100 U, 1100-1200 H
or by appointment

Paul Engelking
103C Klamath Hall
346-4656; engelki@oregon
office hours 1400-1500H
or by appointment


Prospective schedule (subject to change!):

3/30 . PE: Introductions, basic water chemistry; determine research topics
4/1. DT: slide show, historic video, landscape history; assemble research teams

4/6. PE: water chemistry, organic pollutant overview
4/8. DT: stream biota, community structure, population dynamics, river continuum

4/13. PE: biogeochemical cycles, nutrient loading, anthropogenic sources
4/15. DT: eutrophication, restoration, sewage treatment

4/20. PE: nutrient loading, reduction-oxidation reactions
4/22. DT: lakes, wetlands

4/24. Mandatory field trip. Meet 9:00 AM in NE corner of parking lot east of PLC Hall.

4/27. Guest speaker TBA
4/29. DT: habitat: floods, geomorphology, sediment, dams, channelization

5/4. PE: point and non-point sources
5/6. Guest speaker: Bob Doppelt, land use

5/11. PE: air pollution background
5/13. Guest speaker TBA

5/18. PE: legal & regulatory issues
5/20. Guest speaker TBA
prospectus for term paper due

5/25-27. student presentations

6/1. student presentations
6/3. review, evaluation


Course web site: http://darkwing.uoregon.edu/~dtodd/WilRiver/

Readings: Most of the readings for this class will be outside sources that students discover. The instructors will place selected background material and lecture notes on the Blackboard site and/or in the HC441 directory on Uohonors/users . There will be no assigned packet or textbook. Some materials may be placed on reserve in the Science Library.

Weekly writing assignments: Each week, each student will submit to the Blackboard course site an annotated review and complete bibliographic citation for one source of information relevant to the topic assigned to the student's research group. Each review should include a summary (one page or less), and a critique and editorial statement (one page or less). The instructors will grade the submission on the basis of the quality of the source, the thoroughness of the summary, and the insight shown in the editorial statement. After reviewing the submission, the instructors will place it on the public web page. The reviews will be due on Mondays, from April 5 through May 31. No late submissions will be accepted except by prior arrangement.

Final paper: A prospectus of the final paper will be due on May 20. It should summarize the argument you will present, provide a summary of the background information and the recommendations you will make, and include a preliminary bibliography. The final paper, due on June 3, will be an extended argument (8 10 pages, double-spaced) that describes an adverse condition in the watershed, reviews the history that led to this condition, provides an overview of the regulatory status, and proposes a course of action that could remedy or mitigate the condition. The paper must include a comprehensive bibliography and must be formatted in the MLA style. Grades will be based on the paper's coverage and completeness, the quality of analysis and argument, the narrative's clarity and presentation, the use and understanding of scientific principles, the attention to format detail, and the authority and breadth of sources. The paper must be submitted in electronic format to both professors and will be posted on the public web page.

Oral presentations: each research team will present its findings during the last two weeks of class. Three teams will be scheduled to present during a class period; each team will be limited to 20 minutes. The presentations should include a brief overview of the current conditions, a short guide to information resources, and a recommendation for future actions.

Grades: Grades will be based on the weekly reports (40%), the term paper (40%), the oral presentations (10%), and class participation (10%). Punctuality and attendance are essential. Tardiness or unexcused absences will hurt the final grade.

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