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Certificate in Water Resources Management & Leadership


Few people disagree that water and "Quality of Life" go hand in hand in arid southern California.  This bond is especially true in a region where the combined engines of population growth and industrial development increasingly stress the supply of high quality water. To successfully meet this critical issue calls for competent and informed leaders to manage our water resources fairly and efficiently yet this is no easy job.

Traditionally, a water manager's primary job was to deal with mostly engineering and financial issues, a task later complicated by the onset of legal, environmental, regulatory, climatic and personnel challenges.  Today, a water manager's life is even more complex facing complex issues involving desalination, waste and storm water recycling, integrated watershed planning, and conjunctive management of surface and ground water.  

For all of these reasons, CSUSM and representatives of the regional water industry have joined forces to develop a unique intermediate level certificate program; one designed to familiarize participants with issues and points of view they might not encounter otherwise. While open to the general public, this program is geared toward individuals already employed in the water industry and wish to advance their supervisory skills and knowledge.

Currently, this certificate program is scheduled to launch its gateway core class in March of 2016 with MGMT 482-4: Survey of Water Management Fundamentals and practices in California. This course seeks to establish a platform for all participants providing the vocabulary and concepts, to examine a wide range of regional water issues. During the summer months nuances of leadership and team building will be explored followed by agency finance and professional relations, environmental policy and regulations, and lastly the course on the most recent developments in water science, engineering, and technology. 

It is the explicit intent of this program to be flexible for its participants. All courses will be offered at night, frequently offer guest experts to present new ideas, and two field trips on Saturdays accompany MGMT 482-4 in the Spring of 2016. For a full explanation of alternatives please contact either the program Director or Coordinator.