The Environmental Practicum

Applying knowledge learned in the classroom to help solve real-world environmental problems

This graduate-level course provides opportunities for students to apply what they learn about environmental law and the natural and built environment in the classroom to solve critical environmental problems for governmental, corporate and public-interest clients.

This includes learning/applying skills in problem identification, analysis of viewpoints and motivations of all relevant actors, policy development (taking these viewpoints/motivations into account) and communicating the need for and content of policy. Students work in teams on a group project and also tackle individual projects. The course instructor is Laurie Fowler with assistance from professors across campus depending on the subject matter of that semester’s projects.

The fall course (JURI 5290) is limited to eight law students; the spring class (ECOL 8720) is interdisciplinary and often subscribed to by students in ecology, forestry, anthropology, economics, environmental design, environmental planning, and engineering as well as law.

Past practicum students have drafted laws subsequently enacted by the Georgia legislature and cities and counties in the area of greenspace protection, transferable development and conservation subdivisions and watershed protection.

Final Projects from Practicum Class

Best Management Practices for the Reduction of Fecal Coliform Water Pollution from Northeast Georgia Livestock, Daniel Stull. Environmental Practicum, 2008.

Broad River Project, Ben Middendorf, Eva LaManna, Valerie Smith. Environmental Law Practicum, 2009.

Conservation Subdivision Survey, Kenna Hall, Erica Christoph, Amy Salley, 2006. Upper Altamaha Practicum.

Current Status of Lilly Branch: Implications for Watershed Management and Rehabilitation, James Eason, Tracy Hambrick, Jennifer Kanine, James Kelly, Lauren Satterfield. Environmental Practicum, 2011.

Developing Local Guidelines to Protect Community Solar Access in Georgia, Ryan Dodd, Stanton Porter, Julia Titolo. Environmental Practicum, 2009.

Education and Restoration Suggestions for Toccoa Falls College, James Ammons, Sumner Gann, Laura Keys, Chris Morphis, Laurie Fowler. Environmental Practicum, 2014.

Hawkinsville-Ocmulgee Riverfront Initiative, Elizabeth Long, Abby Bullock, Fall 2007.

Hidden Reservoir: Why Water Efficiency is the Best Solution for the Southeast, Jenny Hoffner, American Rivers, 2008. Based in part on research by Environmental Practicum students Heather Fleming, Danny O’Brien, Herbert Ssegane and Sarah Stevens.

Irrigation Ordinance Supporting Document: Provisions Chosen by the Subcommittee, Will Owens. Environmental Practicum, 2010.

Land Trust Mergers and Collaboration, Jared Barnett and Adam Zuckerman. Environmental Practicum, 2009.

The Legal Status of Urban Prescribed Grazing in Athens-Clarke County: A Suggested Ordinance, Setareh Davoudzadeh, Koleen Sullivan, Environmental Practicum, 2013.

Lily Branch – Illicit Discharge, Will Keyes, Peter Gerakitis. Environmental Practicum, 2012.

Little Commissioner Creek Recommendations, Claire Carothers, Patrick Garrard, Jeff Gibson, Jennifer Plourde, Upper Altamaha Practicum, 2006.

Little Commissioner Creek Sampling and Quality Assurance Plan for Fecal Coliform Monitoring Program, Claire Carothers, Patrick Garrard, Jeff Gibson, Jennifer Plourde, Upper Altamaha Practicum, 2006.

Memo: Aspects & Impacts of Porous Pavements, Katherine Rowe,  Upper Altamaha Practicum, 2006.

Memo: ACF/ACT Dispute and the Red Clay Conference, Eva LaManna. Environmental Practicum, 2009.

Memo: ACF/ACT Dispute/ Red Clay Conference, Stanton Porter. Environmental Practicum, 2009.

Memo: ACF/ACT Dispute, Valerie Smith. Environmental Practicum, 2009.

Memo: ACT/ACF Water Disputes, Adam Zuckerman. Environmental Practicum, 2009.

Memo: Baldwin County Wetland Conservation Plan, Alex Robertson. Environmental Practicum, 2011.

Memo: Case Analysis of the Legality of Stormwater Utility Charges in Georgia, Tyler Cashbaugh, Environmental Practicum, 2014.

Memo:  Case Analysis of the Legality of Stormwater Utility Charges in Georgia, Tyler Cashbaugh. Environmental Practicum, 2014.

Memo: A Case Study of Goat Farm as a Wetlands Mitigation Bank, Eva LaManna. Environmental Practicum, 2009.

Memo: Case Study on Nonpoint Pollution Project – Weeks Bay Watershed Project, Charles Mathes. Environmental Practicum, 2010.

Memo: Changing the Use Designation of a Particular River or Stream Segment, Jeff Gibson, Jennifer Plourde, Claire Carothers,  Upper Altamaha Practicum, 2006.

Memo: Citizen Suit Provisions in Local Ordinances, Jeremy Arey. Environmental Practicum, 2009.

Memo: Cleaning up Nonpoint Source Pollution- Galveston Bay, Sharon Muczynski. Environmental Practicum, 2010.

Memo: Could a local government enact an ordinance that required docks to be less than 100 feet in length? Can local governments regulate dock construction in coastal marshlands in any way? Is this preempted by the Coastal Marshlands Protection Act?, Joseph Greene. Environmental Practicum, 2009.

Memo: Endangered Species Act Impact on the Savannah River Basin Restoration on Oxbow and Artificial Shoals Project, Kathleen Nelson. Environmental Practicum, 2009.

Memo: Enforceable Mechanisms for Nonpoint Source Pollution, Chris Rabon. Environmental Practicum, 2008.

Memo: Exotic Regulations, Jennifer Kanine. Environmental Practicum, 2011.

Memo: Feral Cat Regulations, Jennifer Kanine. Environmental Practicum, 2011.

Memo: Georgia Land Banks, Megan Zeigler, Upper Coosa Practicum, 2009.

Memo: Georgia’s Land Protection Tax Credit Program, John Eric Seay. Environmental Practicum, 2009.

Memo: Grading Ordinances / Standards for the Counties of Athens-Clarke, Cherokee and the Etowah River Basin in the State of Georgia, Leanne Wells. Environmental Practicum, 2009.

Memo: Green Building Program Case Study: Chatham County, GA, Anne Marie Pippin. Environmental Practicum, 2011.

Memo: Greening the World, One Structure at a Time: Case Study of a the Sweetwater Creek State Park Visitor Center in Douglas County, GA, Ted Maclin,  Upper Altamaha Practicum, 2007.

Memo: Griffin, Georgia, and Local Implementation of Non-Point Source Pollution Control and Reduction Mechanisms, Kathleen Nelson. Environmental Practicum, 2010.

Memo: How Communities in the U.S. Have Used Transferable Development Rights (TDR) to Promote Wetlands Protection, Ryan Dodd. Environmental Practicum, 2009.

Memo: How to Promote the Use of Community Gardens for Athens-Clarke County, Justin Ellis,  Upper Altamaha Practicum, 2007.

Memo: Irrigation Ordinance Supporting Document: Why Does Athens-Clarke Country Need an Efficient Irrigation Ordinance?, Will Owens. Environmental Practicum, 2010.

Memo: Kansas Local Environmental Protection Program, Megan A. Cook. Environmental Practicum, 2010.

Memo: The Lakewood Development in Athens, Georgia: Case Study of an EarthCraft Community, Ted Maclin,  Upper Altamaha Practicum, 2007.

Memo: Leaking Septic Tanks: Detection Technology and Funding, Christian Perrin. Environmental Practicum, 2005.

Memo: A Legal Understanding of the Measures to be Undertaken as Part of the Savannah River Basin Oxbow Restoration Project by the Southeastern Natural Science Academy, Kathleen Nelson. Environmental Practicum, 2009.

Memo: Legal Avenues Available to Ensure that Junk Vehicle Storage Facilities Operate so as to Minimize Environmental Problems, Joseph Greene,  Upper Coosa Practicum, 2009.

Memo: Legal Requirements for Disclosure of Wastewater Management Systems in Real Estate Transactions, Lee Carter,  Upper Altamaha Practicum, 2006.

Memo: Legal Requirements for Home Sales: Disclosure of Information About Wastewater Management Systems, Gino D’Angelo,  Upper Altamaha Practicum, 2006.

Memo: Lender Requirements for Home Mortgage Loan: Inspection of Onsite Wastewater Management Systems, Gino D’Angelo,  Upper Altamaha Practicum, 2006.

Memo: Local Government Case Study of NPS Pollution Control, Mary Clare Reidy. Environmental Practicum, 2010.

Memo: Michigan’s GAAMP Program as a model for Semi-regulatory Controls for Non-point Sources of Pollution, Justin Ellis, Upper Altamaha Practicum, 2007.

Memo: Monitoring Protocol for Georgia Wetland Trust Fund, Kelly Siragusa, Upper Altamaha Practicum, 2007.

Memo: Nonpoint Source Pollution, Adam Zuckerman. Environmental Practicum, 2009.

Memo: Pesticide Liability on the Rights of Ways Case Summaries, Stanton Porter. Environmental Practicum, 2009.

Memo: Pollutant Effects on River Ecology, Melissa Kendrick. Environmental Practicum, 2009.

Memo: The Potential Legal Issues Involved in the Utilization of Active and Passive Solar Energy, Ryan Dodd. Environmental Practicum, 2009.

Memo: Quantitative Estimates of the Relationship Between Erosion and Gradient for Hillside Protection Ordinances, Leigh Engen. Environmental Practicum, 2008.

Memo: Regulation of Pre-Development Site Activities, Brian Ray,  Upper Altamaha Practicum, 2006.

Memo: Regulatory Taking Challenges to Local Environmental Regulation, James Bradford Odom, Upper Coosa Practicum, 2009.

Memo: Septic Failure in Metropolitan Areas, Eva LaManna. Environmental Practicum, 2009.

Memo:  Septic Failure in Detroit, Minneapolis, and Cincinnati, Jared Barnett. Environmental Practicum, 2009.

Memo: Shoal Oxygenation of River Water, Melissa Kendrick. Environmental Practicum, 2009.

Memo: State Crayfish Regulations, Jennifer Kanine. Environmental Practicum, 2011.

Memo: Stormwater Issues at Whitehall Mill, Charlie Maffitt,  Upper Altamaha Practicum, 2006.

Memo: Stream and River Monitoring in Georgia, Kate Dunbar,  Upper Altamaha Practicum, 2007.

Memo: Stream Restoration On Streams Degraded By Illegal Dumping, Kelly Siragusa,  Upper Altamaha Practicum, 2007.

Memo: Tanyard Branch, David Shaw. Environmental Practicum, 2009.

Memo: Tanyard Creek, Valerie Smith. Environmental Practicum, 2009.

Memo: The TMDL Process and Point/Nonpoint Source Pollution, Melissa Kendrick. Environmental Practicum, 2009.

Memo: Upper Clark Fork Tributary Nonpoint Source Pollution Case Study, Kristy Segal. Environmental Practicum, 2010.

Memo: The Use of Check Dams in Perennial Streams, Upper Coosa Practicum Student,  Upper Coosa Practicum, 2009.

Memo: Use of “No Trespassing” Signs on the Broad River, Benjamin W. Middendorf. Environmental Practicum, 2009.

Memo: Use of Tracers to Determine Movement and Dispersal of Water-Borne Pollutants, Charlie Maffitt, Upper Altamaha Practicum, 2006.

Memo: Utility Green Pricing Programs, Julia Titolo. Environmental Practicum, 2009.

Memo: Wastewater Management Systems Disclosure Requirements, Kenna Hall, Upper Altamaha Practicum, 2006.

Memo: What are the Legal Requirements for Disclosure of Wastewater Management Systems in a Real Estate Transaction?, Jeff Gibson, Upper Altamaha Practicum, 2006.

Memo: Whitehall Mill Condominium Community Stormwater Management, Tammy Andros,  Upper Altamaha Practicum, 2006.

Nine-Key Element Watershed Protection Plan for Streams on the Main UGA Campus, Brad Brizendine, Mindy Edelson, Will Gulsby, Michael Henson, Justin Holloway, Hunter Knowles, Jennifer Kobylus, Melinda Nelson, Brad Valentine, John Wiles Jr. Environmental Law Practicum, 2012.

9 Element Watershed Management Plan, Environmental Practicum, 2014.

NJUN Onsite Utility Guidebook On-site Wastewater Treatment, John Seay. Environmental Practicum, 2009.

Porterdale Dam Removal Assessment and Analysis, Anne Flinn, Megan Mailoux. Environmental Practicum, 2007.

Recommendations for Improving Fecal Coliform Pollution Control in Gwinnett County, Georgia, Feng Jiang, Amanda Worthington, Upper Altamaha Practicum, 2005.

Restoring Lake Herrick: Information for Improved Water Quality and Enhanced Recreational Value, Chris Morphis, Chase McCallum, Laura Keys, James Ammons, Justin Respress, Laura Tilghman; Laurie Fowler, editor. Environmental Practicum, 2014.

The Savannah River Basin Oxbow and Artificial Shoals Project Draft, Melissa Kendrick, Vanessa Lane, Kathleen Nelson, David Shaw. Environmental Law Practicum, 2009.

Sewanee Utility District Constructed Wetlands Pilot Project: A Laboratory for Applied Ecological Research, Section 1, Authors: Brian Barth, James Bevington, Lisa Biddle, Heather Blaikie, Anna Gore, Riaz Khan, Jennifer Kobylus, Chris Oliver, Ashley Rich-Robertson, Tum Suppakittpaisarn; Contributing Researchers: Mary Grace Bowring, Mary Michael Forrester, Joanna Parkman. Spring 2012 Environmental Practicum.

Sewanee Utility District Constructed Wetlands Pilot Project: A Laboratory for Applied Ecological Research, Section 2, Authors: Brian Crawford, Lauren Heidingsfelder, Ross Pringle, Greg Skupien, Sam Woolford; Contributing Researchers: Catherine Bartenstein, Ian Calhoun, Clement Cullens, Amble Johnson. Spring 2013 Environmental Practicum.

Southeastern United States Low Impact Development Guide, Brad Odom, Upper Coosa Practicum, 2009.

Umbrella Mitigation Bank Proposal, Anne Marie Pippin, Frank Wasser, Andrew Pinson, Rebecca Gabelman, Alex Robertson. Environmental Practicum, 2011.

Urban Wildlife Management in Athens-Clarke County, Georgia, Carol Flaute, Nate Hunt, Leif Stephens, 2005 Upper Altamaha Practicum.

Valuation of Conservation Easement – Encumbered Property in Georgia, Katie Bates and Morgan Bedell.  Environmental Practicum, 2008.

Working with Watersheds: An Educational Resource Binder for the Environmentally Aware Educator, Sofia Arce-Flores, Sara Pilzer, Caroline McFarlin, Stacey Vigil,  Upper Altamaha Practicum, 2005.

Working with Watersheds: Poster, Sofia Arce-Flores, Sara Pilzer, Caroline McFarlin, Stacey Vigil, Upper Altamaha Practicum, 2005.