2 discussions due in 16 hours


 (1) Water Management Plan for Ashfordton [WLOs: 1, 3] [CLOs: 2, 4]

Prior to beginning work on this discussion forum, review Chapter 5 in the course textbook.

Imagine that you are a resident of Ashfordton, a community whose characteristics are described below. You have come together with your neighbors for a special meeting to devise a plan for managing its water resources more sustainably by 2050. Water resource issues the community faces include insuring a safe and sustainable drinking water supply for all, handling its wastewater in a manner that has minimal environmental impact, and managing its stormwater runoff in a way that minimizes the risks of erosion and flooding.

Fortunately, you have all attended the meeting with the knowledge that you have gained from your readings in this course. Now it is time to put your thinking cap on and get to work! Your ideas should each consist of one of the following elements, depending upon what you think is Ashfordton’s area of greatest need:

  • Sustainable drinking water access measures (e.g., developing a program for rural residents to begin collecting and treating their rainwater for drinking use).
  • Sustainable wastewater management measures (e.g., collecting greywater from area residences for use irrigating a local golf course).
  • Storm water management measures (e.g., requiring that permeable pavement be used for all future development projects in the community).

This week’s discussion will take place in an online app called Tricider. There, you will be able to post your ideas for plan components and also share pros and cons of different proposals during the week. Finally, you will be able to vote on the three components that you think the plan should include. For directions on how to use the Tricider app, please review the Tricider Help Guide. In Tricider. You will be expected to do the following:

  • Post at least two separate and entirely original ideas. Do not duplicate ideas already posted by your peers.
    • Include your full name for each one.
  • Post at least six different pros and six different cons for your classmates’ proposed ideas (12 in all).
  • Vote on what you feel are the top three ideas in the list.
    • Do not vote before Friday, so that you can vote from the full collection of student ideas.

Please use the following information for “Ashfordton” as you complete this assignment.


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Population:                          84,000

Avg. High Temp (Dec):      36oF

Avg. High Temp (June):    80oF

Annual Precipitation:        19 in.

Urban Area:                         27 sq. mi.

Main Power Source:          coal


The community of Ashfordton is located in a flat desert valley, at an elevation of about 4300 feet above sea level, close to the edge of rugged mountains that offer skiing in the winter months.  It has a dry summer continental climate.  Part of an urban corridor that runs along the edge of the mountains, it has long served as a rail hub and has a strong economy supported by manufacturing and commerce.  The downtown has many historic buildings and has won awards for its family-friendly character.

You must complete the three tasks above to receive full credit for this discussion.

(2)  Water Management Plan Voting Rationales [WLO: 1] [CLOs: 3, 4, 6]

Prior to beginning work on this discussion forum, read Chapters 5 and 6 in your course textbook.

Now that you have cast your votes for the Ashfordton Water Management Plan, it is time to explain your choices to the class. Please make a post of at least 150 words in which you

  • Identify (briefly) the plan elements on which you voted.
  • Explain why you selected each one.

Each of the elements with an explanation is worth .5 point for a total of 1.5 points.

Note: You will not be able to view others’ posts until you have made your own. At the end of the week, the instructor will post the winning Ashfordton Water Management Plan, which will include the top three ideas selected by the class. In cases where two action items are judged by the instructor to be nearly identical, the instructor reserves the right to combine the ideas into a single one (and add votes together) in order to determine the winning ideas. This plan will be posted in the Announcements area of the classroom.


Required Resources


Bensel, T., & Carbone, I. (2020). Sustaining our planet. Retrieved from https://content.ashford.edu

  • Chapter 5: Sustaining Our Freshwater Resources
  • Chapter 6: Sustaining Our Oceans

Supplemental Material

Carolina Distance Learning. (n.d.). Ground and surface water interactions [Investigation manual ]. Retrieved from https://ashford.instructure.com

  • The Ground and Surface Water Interactions investigation manual is available in the online classroom. This lab manual provides background information on water systems and will assist you in your Ground and Surface Water Interactions Laboratory assignment.

Laboratory Supplies

Carolina Biological Supply Lab Kit  (Links to an external site.)

  • This lab kit provides lab supplies and materials for the hands-on labs that you will conduct for this course. Although the lab kit provides most of the lab supplies for the labs, there will be materials that you need to purchase independently for a few labs. Be sure to prepare a list of what you will need to purchase independently by viewing the lab investigation manuals and lab kits in advance. To see a checklist of the additional lab supplies that you will need each week for this course, access the Additional Lab Supplies Checklist.

Recommended Resources


Earle, S. (2013, December 6). Ocean 2050: How to sustain our biggest ecosystem (Links to an external site.). Retrieved from http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20131206-sos-save-our-seas

Global Environment Facility. (2015, August 31). The importance of water sustainability (Links to an external site.). Retrieved from https://www.thegef.org/news/importance-water-sustainability

  • This web article provides information about sustaining our fresh water resources and may assist you in your Sustainable Living Guide Contributions: Sustaining Our Water Resources assignment.
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Ashford University. (2018). SCI207 - The scientific method (Links to an external site.). Retrieved from https://ashford.mediaspace.kaltura.com/media/SCI207+-+THE+SCIENTIFIC+METHOD/1_5325onvq

  • This video provides information on the scientific method that will assist you in completing your Stream Morphology laboratory activity this week. This video has closed captioning.

RT Documentary. (2016, August 21). H2WOE India’s water crisis: A warning to the world (Links to an external site.) [Video file]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/H0hk_5Plv5U

Web Pages

American Chemical Society. (n.d.). Sustainable water (Links to an external site.). Retrieved from https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/sustainability/understandingsustainability/sustainable-water.html

Kinzel, M., Thompson, C., & Schnetzer, A. (2019, June 26). Ocean sustainability (Links to an external site.) [Learning module]. Retrieved from https://serc.carleton.edu/integrate/teaching_materials/sustain_ocean/index.html

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