While the first half of the Global Freshwater Crisis course addresses the challenges of this immensely complex global water problem, the second half of the course is focused on solutions, the hope that in the 21st century we learn to share water resources fairly among people and the planet.
The Term Project should address a topic of your choice related to "solutions" to the Global Freshwater Crisis. These can be engineering and technology solutions (i.e. groundwater recharge, wetlands treatment, ozone disinfection, etc.) and/or can look to the human institutions needed to accomplish the task (i.e. laws, regulations, policies, enforcement, contracting out water supply services to private companies with transparency in contracts and performance and a system of fines and rewards for failing or surpassing water quality standards, getting the incentives and rewards right so humans will find or invent and then invest in the technologies to solve the problem in specific places).
Select a topic of choice and pick one format type from the two listed below. The length of the term paper should be a maximum of 8 to 10 pages or 3,200 – 4,000 words, single-spaced, 12 point font, not including figures, images, data sets, tables, annexes. The Term Project is due Week #9.
The following two assignments can be completed for extra credit: