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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 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.