1. Explain the rationale for environmental policies to manage, protect and/or restore air, water, soil, wildlife, ecosystems, and human health.
2. Describe major federal and state legislation regarding environmental policy.
3. Develop skills necessary to successfully communicate with legislators, government regulators, wildlife and land managers.
Students will be able to:
1. Identify and explain key federal and state laws that implement environmental policy.
2. Describe major federal and state environmental agencies.
3. Explain resource management issues frame policy and vice versa.
4. Develop written and oral communication skills to discuss issues with legislators, government regulators, wildlife and land managers.
5. Develop environmental policies and analyze their potential benefits and costs.
I. Introduction to Environmental Policy
II. Federal and State Regulators
A. Identify relevant federal and state agencies
1. US Army Corps of Engineers
2. US Environmental Protection Agency
3. US Fish and Wildlife Service
4. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
5. Natural Resource Conservation Service
6. California Department of Fish and Wildlife
7. California Environmental Protection Agency
8 State Air Resources Board
9. State Water Resources Control Board
10. Regional Water Quality Control Board
11. Department of Pesticides Control
12. Coastal Commission
13. California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
B. Key environmental policy laws
1. Endangered Species Act (ESA)
2. Clean Water Act
3. Clean Air Act
4. The Farm Bill
5. State Porter Cologne Act
6. Toxic Substance Control Act
7. Wild and Scenic Rivers Act
8. AB 32
9. Williamson Act
10. National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA)
11. California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)
III. Communication with Key Players in Environmental Policy
A. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
C. Public and private partners
IV. Science of Environmental Policy
A. Endangered Species Act listing and recovery processes
B. Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report
V. Water Policy in California
B. Current trends and challenges
C. Future policy needs
VI. Market Based Environmental Policy
A. Cap and Trade
B. Taxes, tax credit
C. Government investment
D. Environmental compliance
VII. Future Trends in Environmental Policy
A. Climate change
B. Local issues
Essentials of Environmental Law and Policy. Nash, Jonathan. Aspen Publshers. 2010 (classic)
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