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Water Resources and Environmental
Water Resources and Hydraulic Engineering
Hydraulics engineers deal with the development, control, and management of our water resources. They predict surface runoff from precipitation, streamflow, droughts, floods, groundwater supplies, and future water demands. Hydraulics engineers also determine reservoir sites for enhanced water supply, for maximum flood control, and for hydroelectric power plants. Such engineers plan river and coastal developments to control lake and river erosions and improve maritime navigation.
Environmental Engineers work with government, industry and private groups to design and implement projects to improve the environment and public health. Environmental engineers are technical leaders in sustainable development and the design of projects to protect our water, land and air resources, applying their skills to the design of drinking water treatment plants, air pollution control systems, ecological restoration, and brownfield cleanups, to name just a few. Environmental engineers use their knowledge and expertise to tackle regional and global issues, such as climate change, ozone depletion and acid rain. Environmental engineers design and build technologies to control pollution, as well as work with industry and government to redesign processes to reduce the generation of pollution and conserve material and energy resources.
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