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Earn a Watershed  Management
Tra in ing  Certifica te!

You can document your learning by meeting the
requirements for the Watershed Academy's Watershed
Management Training Certificate.  The certificate
program recognizes website visitors who complete 15
required modules and pass their serf-tests with grades
of 70% or higher.

Hundreds of people from throughout the United States
and many foreign countries have completed the certifi-
cate program.  They include scientists and non-scien-
tists, local, state and federal agency staff, community
leaders, consultants, college  students, active citizens,
and others.

After completing certificate requirements, provide your
full name and mailing address to wacademy@epa.gov.
We will mail you a signed certificate to add to your
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About the Watershed Academy
The Watershed Academy was started by the EPA's Office
of Water in 1994 to provide training courses and educa-
tional materials on the basics of a watershed approach.
Our target audience includes local, state, tribal, and federal
officials as well as citizens and private practitioners of
watershed management. The Watershed Academy has four
main components:
- Live watershed training courses.
- Distance learning via Internet or CD.
- Information Transfer Series publications.
- State/Tribal watershed program assistance.

Watershed Academy Web now available on CD!
A set of 44 training modules from Watershed Academy
Web are now available on a free CD. Single copies of the
CD are available by requesting "Watershed Academy
Web on CD" publication no. EPA 841-C-03-001 from
the following distributor:
By Email:
By Mail:
U.S. EnvironmentalProtectionAgency
EPA Publications Clearinghouse
P.O. Box 42419
Cincinnati, Ohio 45242
1-800-490-9198 (Toil-Free)
1-513-489-8190 (Local)
United States
Environmental Protection
     U. S. Environmental Protection Agency
   Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds
         1200 Pennsylvania Ave NW
           Washington, DC 20460

               March 2004

  Academy Web
           Training in watershed
        management fundamentals
Courses won't fit in your schedule?
Can't set funding for watershed training?
Instead, why not learn online?
Watershed Academy Web is a comprehensive
training course on watershed management that
you can take for free, anytime and at your own
pace, on your home or work computer.

   http ://www. epa. gov/watertrain

Introducing Watershed Academy Web
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                              Watershed Academy Web Topics
 Nationwide,  even worldwide,
 thousands  of people  want
 watershed  training.  Many
 obstacles stand in the way: few
 course offerings, rigid training
 schedules vs. busy jobs, tuition
 and  travel   costs,  narrow
 coverage of topics, limited time in classroom. As an
 alternative to classroom learning, EPA's Watershed
 Academy Web offers serf-paced training modules
 through the Internet, providing a basic but broad
 introduction to the many  facets of watershed

 These modules cover the most important watershed
 management topics—those  subjects  about which
 watershed managers, local officials, involved citizens,
 decision makers, and others  should have an
 introductory level of knowledge.

 Our goal is to make this basic but broad introduction
 to watershed management available to anyone who
 has access to the Internet or a computer with a CD
 drive. The length and complexity of each module var-
 ies, but most are at the college freshman level of in-
 struction. Students and citizens new to   .	
 the  watershed field can use Watershed
 Academy Web as basic training. More
 experienced watershed practitioners may
 use it for review, study  specific modules
 to fill gaps, or use the modules for intro-
 ducing watershed principles to others.
 Professors have used the modules in col-
 lege courses.
                   Watershed Academy Web began as the first online,
                   interactive "watershed textbook/lecture series" for the
                   public. Our website now has over 48 modules and more
                   continually under development. Many were authored
                   by well-known figures in watershed management. Most
                   modules have 25 to 50 color illustrations and photos,
                   unlike an average technical paper. Many have interac-
                   tive exercises, related links and references, and serf-
                   tests. Our web-based training doesn't duplicate a live
                   class, but it has the following strengths:

                   Public access, no cost
                   There is no charge and it is available anytime, any-
                   where in the world. No registration is required—just
                   go online and start learning.

                   Coverage of key topics
                   Web-based training is not limited to what can fit in a
                   short course; there's weeks of material here.

                   Self-paced instruction and review
                   Students control  their own pace to fit their browsing
                   style and work schedules, and can review modules at
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   Modules feature color graphics,
   narrative text, glossaries,
   numerous hot links, and
   interactive tests.
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We've organized the modules around these six themes
that span the watershed management field:

These modules introduce the  principles of the
watershed approach and the value of working at a
watershed level.

Watershed Ecology
These modules show that watersheds are natural
systems that provide substantial benefits to people
and the environment when key natural functions are

Watershed Change
These modules describe both natural and human-
induced changes in watersheds, and contrast normal
variability with changes of concern.

Analysis and Planning
These modules address how watershed planning,
monitoring, and assessment are important steps toward
finding solutions.

Management Practices
These modules show how watershed management
challenges like urban runoff, cropland management,
forestry and other issues are addressed by techniques
that reduce environmental impacts.

Community/Social/Water Law Modules
These modules concern society's interactions with
watersheds, including laws and regulations, decision-
making, communications and outreach, and lessons

Work with us...
Are you an educator? Use our modules as the framework
for a watershed course  and add your own lectures,
discussions  or readings. Or, send us  ideas for more
modules. Email: wacademy@epa.gov or write:
Office of Wetlands, Oceans, & Watersheds (4503T)
1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW,
Washington, D.C. 20460