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Water Sustainability Technician Program Self-Paced

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Water scarcity is a global phenomenon that’s predicted to get worse as demand increases and freshwater supplies diminish. 

Water management is difficult if not outright impossible to solve because the water used for one sector of society or the environment may then be unavailable to another. 

Ecologists, engineers, agrologists, geologists, hydrologists, technologists, technicians, and scientists, as well as federal, provincial, state, and municipal governments all, contribute to sustainable water management but often with competing interests. 

Who gets to use water? Who goes without? We’ll explore these and other questions around water sustainability in the modules that follow.

Through exercises and assignments, participants will develop practical skills for measuring water availability, water quality sampling, measuring contaminant dilution, and work through water management simulations challenging participants to make and justify tough decisions.


Upon successful completion, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the concepts of water scarcity, sustainability, and water management as a “wicked problem.”
  • Describe the global water cycle and how nature replenishes the freshwater supply.
  • Identify and describe human effects – both positive and negative – on water quantity and quality.
  • Measure water discharge and access and interpret online water resource data.
  • Describe how aquatic ecosystems function and apply tools for evaluating environmental water needs.
  • Identify and describe threats to water quantity and quality and propose mitigation strategies.
  • Collect water quality samples utilizing appropriate techniques.
  • Describe water treatment processes.
  • Apply water management strategies.

This course includes free lifetime admission. Enroll once – come back anytime. This is a great way to upgrade your skills and remain current.


The online self-paced version of Water Sustainability Training has been designed to minimize the equipment requirements of the student. Aside from your computer, Internet access, pen, and paper, no other equipment is required.

Activities & Grading

To successfully complete the online self-paced version of the Water Sustainability Training program, the learner must:

  • Complete more than 90% of all online modules
  • Submit all four mandatory assignments
  • Achieve a minimum passing grade of 50% on each assignment

Hello, and welcome to Water Sustainability!

I am Jeff Sereda. I hold a PhD. in Limnology from the University of Saskatchewan and an Aquaculture Technician Diploma from Sir Sanford Fleming College. I served as manager of a commercial salmonid hatchery for 4 years and lectured at the University of Saskatchewan on topics of fish physiology, taxonomy, ecology, conservation, and aquaculture, and limnology. Currently, I’m the manager of Ecological and Habitat Assessment with the Saskatchewan Government and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Saskatchewan.

My research has encompassed topics such as assessing the risk of lakes to anthropogenic eutrophication, macrophyte management, fish habitat restoration, and the impacts of water management on species as risk (Bigmouth Buffalo, Chestnut Lamprey, Plains Sucker, and Lake Sturgeon). I’ve presented my research at over 60 national and international conferences and published 18 peer reviewed studies.

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