Watershed Management I - Concepts in Watershed Hydrology and Management

An Online Course from the
Soil Science Society of America


Class Dates:  March 6 - May 8, 2013

       Class Times:  Noon to 1:30 PM Eastern/ 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM Central/
 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM Mountain/9:00 AM to 10:30 AM Pacific



Registration has closed.  The registration deadline was Friday, March 1, 2013.


Watershed Management I - Concepts in Watershed Hydrology and Management will provide the student with an understanding of the concepts and practices in hydrology and watershed management.  Concepts include the components and significance of the water budget, watershed hydrology, water flow and streamflow analyses, erosion and sedimentation, fluvial processes, water quality and corresponding environmental issues.  This course is meant to be the first of two courses in watersheds; the second of which will focus on watershed case studies and more in-depth evaluation of management practices along with implications for socioeconomics and the environmental policy and decision-making.

The course is a non-credit course taught online using distance education technologies.  The instructor will supplement lecture readings and materials with additional readings and examples to illustrate the concepts and provide examples of how the concepts are used in practice.  All lectures are recorded and posted to the class website to be viewed at a later time if you are not able to take part in the live lecture.

Quizzes will be due by the Tuesday following the next class (or 12 days later). There are no minimum requirements needed to register for this course. Students who complete all ten quizzes can request a certificate of completion for this course.

Costs:  $325.00 per individual plus the cost of additional resources (For a list of additional resources/books to purchase, please see the Spring 2013 Course Syllabus link below.)

Full participants in the course, who are certified, will automatically receive CEUs. CCAs and CPAgs will receive a total of 15.0 CEUs in Soil and Water Management.  CPSS and CPSC certificants will receive 15.0 CEUs in Professional Meetings.   Lecture quizzes must be passed in order to receive the CEUs for this course.

Spring 2013 Course Syllabus (PDF) (See the Spring 2013 syllabus for the course content and structure.)

Instructor Bio: 
Dawn FerrisThe primary instructor for this course will be Dr. Dawn Ferris.  Additional instructors may be added periodically.

Dr. Dawn Ferris joined the SSSA staff in July 2010 as the Soil Science Program Coordinator. Most recently she was faculty at The Ohio State University in the School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) where much of her research was located in Iceland studying successional landscapes, restoration and soil carbon.  She still maintains an adjunct faculty position within SENR.  Prior to her position at OSU, Dr. Ferris spent the majority of her career in environmental consulting and, for a shorter time, in county government. During her career she has, among other things, owned her own consulting business, managed the MN office of Tetra Tech, and traveled across the U.S. as part of her work. She has a B.S. in soil science from the University of Wisconsin, a M.S. in soil physics and a PhD in Forest Hydrology from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Ferris is both a licensed and certified soil scientist and has worked on issues surrounding the implementation of these programs since the early 1990s; Dr. Ferris has been involved with the Council of Soil Science Examiners since its inception and was the chair for several years.  She also held a Governor appointed position as the Soil Science Board Member on the MN Board of Architecture, Engineering, Land Surveying, Landscape Architecture, Geoscience and Interior Design. 

Briefly, some of the primary objectives of Dr. Ferris’s position with SSSA include overseeing the soil science licensing and certification programs for SSSA (including legislative issues), facilitating continuing education for soil scientists, and to overall help to grow the soil science profession by working with and facilitating communication between the private sector, government and academia.


Please contact Michele Lovejoy (mlovejoy@sciencesocieties.org) with any questions.


Refund Policy
Participants may request a refund of their registration fee according to the following schedule:
Notification prior to the orientation date: Registration fee minus a $50.00 cancellation fee.

Notification after the first class: Registration fee minus a $100.00 cancellation fee.
Notification after the second class: Registration fee minus a $150.00 cancellation fee.
Notification after the third class: Non-refundable registration fee.

We use GoTo Meeting software to provide class instruction.

As the information to access the  will be sent to you, you must have an email on file with us. If you are unsure if we have an email for you, check your profile at https://www.soils.org/account/ or https://www.agronomy.org/account/ - note that a login with email is required to access this information. The course will be conducted online. However, participants may dial-in via their phone line (at their cost - the dial-in number will not be an 800 number). All participants will need internet access and your computer must be equipped with a soundcard and internal or external speakers. For those attendees wishing to access the course via phone only, you will still need to login prior to the course to access the dial-in number.

System Requirements:
For PC-based participants:

  • Internet Explorer 7.0 or newer, Mozilla Firefox 4.0 or newer or Google Chrome 5.0 or newer (JavaScript enabled)
  • Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
  • Cable modem, DSL, or better Internet connection
  • Dual-core 2.4GHz CPU or faster with 2GB of RAM (recommended)

For Mac-based participants:

  • Safari 3.0 or newer, Firefox 4.0 or newer or Google Chrome 5.0 or newer (JavaScript enabled)
  • Mac OS X 10.6 – Snow Leopard or newer
  • Intel processor (1GB of RAM or better recommended)
  • Cable modem, DSL, ocan r better Internet connection

Participants wishing to connect to audio using VoIP will need a fast Internet connection, a microphone and speakers. (A USB headset is recommended.)

For Attendees with GoToMeeting app for iPad, iPhone or Android:

  • Free GoToMeeting app from the App Store or Google Play
  • WiFi connection recommended to use VoIP
  • At this time attendees using the GoToMeeting app can only join GoToMeeting and GoToWebinar sessions

For Attendees with GoToMeeting app for Windows RT tablet:

  • Free GoToMeeting app from the Windows Store
  • x86, x64 or ARM processor
  • WiFi connection recommended to use VoIP
  • At this time attendees using the GoToMeeting app can only join GoToMeeting sessions

If you have any questions, please contact Michele Lovejoy, e-mail: mlovejoy@sciencesocieties.orgor phone: 608-268-4947.

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