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Survey of Water Management in Southern California

***Registration for this course is now closed. Please email for more information about this course.***


MGMT 482 is an introduction to the water management industry in California, with a special focus on southern regions of the state. The course covers topics such as the importance of water, sources of water, efficient uses of water, disposal and recycling of water, regulation of water, water infrastructure, water management agencies, the consequences of water shortage, and career opportunities in water management.

Students will gain a general knowledge of water management in California and an understanding of past, present, and future issues facing the water industry in California.

The course culminates in a Practicum Research Project that allows students to work with a local water organization on a current problem or issue.


Date and Time: Wednesdays, March 18th to May 13th, 6:00pm to 9:00pm (2 Water Facility Tours, Saturdays, 9:00am to 12:00pm, TBD

Location: San Marcus Campus 

Building: Markstein Hall 

Parking: Lot F

Campus Map with Building location and Parking location

Parking Cost: 

  • All Day permit: $9
  • 4 hour permit: $6
  • 2 hour permit: $4
  • Long term parking permits: Parking and Commuter Services office located in the Public Safety Building (PSB 63). For questions, please call Parking and Commuter Services at: 760.750.7500.
Learning Objectives:
  • Understand water use and environmental issues in historical context.
  • Understand water reuse strategies, watershed basics and hydrological cycle.
  • Identify the sources and uses of water in Southern California and explain the implications for present and future water management.
  • Identify and describe the role of Federal and State agencies and NGOs in regulating water in Southern California.
  • Understand the value of Southern California’s water related infrastructure and explain the infrastructure “investment gap.”
  • Identify career paths available within a water agency.
Required Text:

Introduction to Water in California (California Natural History Guides)  ISBN-13: 978-0520260160 ISBN-10: 0520260163 Edition: Second Edition, Updated with a New Preface

Available as paperback for $22.75 at Amazon ( )

Published by University of California Press  - - $23.95

E-version available:  - $23.95

Optional Text:

Pennington, Karrie Lynn and Thomas V. Cech. Introduction to Water Resources and Environmental Issues, Cambridge University Press, New York, NY, 2010. ISBN 978-0-521-86988-1.

Available at CSUSM Bookstore  - Buy $77, Rent $43.12 and electronic copy $62.00.

E-book version available through

E-book version URL:  $62.00 URL:  $62.00

Registration for this course is now closed. Please email for more information about this course.

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Scholarship Opportunity

The CSUSM Water Management Scholarship Fund is able to offer a limited number of scholarships to students enrolled in the course. The purpose of the scholarship fund is to promote enrollment in the course by individuals interested in pursuing a career in the water management industry and its related organizations. 

MGMT 482 is approved for 24 contact hours toward continuing education as a Water Distribution or Water Treatment Operator by the California Department of Public Health - Operator Certification Program.