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Thread: How useful are watershed management skills to env. planners?

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    Cyburbian Plus kalimotxo's avatar
    Feb 2009
    The Old Dominion

    How useful are watershed management skills to env. planners?

    This coming fall I'll be starting my MURP degree with a focus on environmental and land use planning. I've been considering supplementing my degree with a grad. certificate in Watershed Management. Courses I'm looking at include wetland/stream management, landscape hydrology, hydrologic GIS, nonpoint source pollution monitoring, etc.

    My question for the forum is, how useful will this skillset be in the planning world? Will it be worth the additional hours and workload, or is this stuff more the realm of engineers, hydrologists, landscape architects and environmental scientists? Any insight is much appreciated.
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    Cyburbian JimPlans's avatar
    Aug 2006
    Gone to a better place (in my mind)
    I don't have a direct answer to your question, but I do know that stormwater modeling is a big deal in subdivision design and permitting. I also know that at my last firm, which employed almost 600 people, we only had one person who knew stormwater modeling and he was very, very busy.

    In this economy, the more marketable skills you have, the better.

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