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WTM 230
Water and Energy Conservation


Credits: 3
Clock Hours per Quarter: 30

AA Discipline:

Lecture Hours:30


Description
This course is an introduction to the techniques used in residential and agricultural applications to reduce water and/or energy consumption and conserve soil. Water application methods, low-pressure systems, and common soil conservation strategies are targeted. Formerly WGMT 230.

Intended Learning Outcomes
  • Explain plant-soil-water relationships.
  • Explain crop consumptive use curves.
  • Demonstrate and/or explain soil moisture measurement techniques.
  • Calculate irrigation scheduling for crops with a variety of rooting depths.
  • Identify and describe irrigation system inefficiencies in water and energy use.
  • Calculate power costs for residential, industrial and agriculture users, including demand charges.
  • Calculate costs of installing and operating irrigation efficiency projects, including interest and project lifespan.
  • Create effective communication materials which cover water and energy conservation strategies relevant to the local area.

  • Course Topics
  • Soil types and water movement in soils.
  • Soil and water amendments.
  • Consumptive use.
  • Types of irrigation systems.
  • Fertigation and chemigation.
  • Soil moisture monitoring.
  • Power rate structures.
  • Water scheduling.
  • Irrigation efficiency.
  • Project cost comparisons.
  • Soil conservation strategies.

  • Syllabi Listing See ALL Quarters
    Course
    Year Quarter
    Item
    Instructor  
    WTM 230
    Winter 2016
    1320
    Mike Hagerman
    WTM 230
    Winter 2015
    1320
    Melissa Holecek
    WTM 230
    Winter 2014
    1231
    Melissa Holecek


    Two Year Projected Schedule

    Year One* Year Two**
    Fall
    Winter
    Spring
    Summer
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    Spring
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    *If fall quarter starts on an odd year (2003, 2005, etc.), it's Year One.
    **
    If fall quarter starts on an even year (2002, 2004, etc.), it's Year Two.