The course will consider six case studies involving water in metro Boston that illustrate the broad range of challenges and threats to drinking water, streams, groundwater, wetlands, and coastal waters. Each case study will present the issues/challenges and potential solutions, including both traditional engineering technologies and emerging alternative nature-based approaches. The presentations and discussions, focusing on such matters as Boston groundwater, the restoration of the Charles River, the Alewife stormwater wetland in Cambridge, Boston harbor, climate change and sea level rise, will include a blend of science, technology, and policy issues. Guest speakers will join us as available. Optional readings will focus on current issues in the news.
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