Water Balance Methodology: Using Continuous Simulation to Protect Urban Watersheds and Stream Health

Please see the details below to enroll in the above mentioned on demand webcast, which is available via Forester University at the cost of 79.00 (US dollars), as well as, to learn more about the presenters.


How effective are your methods for mitigating the effects of urban development on watershed and stream health? Due in part to the limited availability of direct hydrologic data, many mitigation practices use a single-event methodology to identify pre and post hydrology. While the current practice has been extended to include water quality discharge standards, as we’ve seen, this practice is limited by increasingly stringent infiltration targets AND the ability to accurately verify the condition and hydrologic response of a receiving stream.

So, how can you design and validate mitigation facilities that mimic real-world hydrology to adequately protect watershed and stream health? Join industry innovators Kim Stephens and Jim Dumont to explore Water Balance Methodology, a continuous simulation model that demonstrates both flood frequency and water balance using assessment of regional streamflow gauges, and how to modify the model at your site to include watershed development and a system of mitigation facilities. This model is an important first step towards changing the engineering standard of practice for municipal infrastructure by restoring hydrologic integrity and promoting sustainable, urban watershed systems.

In this webcast, we’ll begin by examining how the protection of watershed and stream health in the urban environment ultimately depends on maintaining the natural proportion of rainwater entering streams via three pathways: overland runoff, shallow interflow and deep groundwater flow. We’ll explore how Water Balance Methodology provides an effective way to assess potential impacts resulting from urban development by allowing you to accurately mimic streamflow and duration in your urban infrastructure design. We’ll then jump into how optimizing the size and operation of mitigation facilities in the model can be used to demonstrate the effectiveness of the mitigation plan in protecting the receiving stream. Finally, we’ll analyze how this approach provides a cost-effective methodology for creating watershed plans with optimized and effective mitigation facilities for a minimum total cost.

Learning Objectives
Attendees can expect the discussion and education of the following learning objectives.

  1. Understand the basics of stream health and drainage design.
  2. Learn how to apply hydrology and hydraulic principles to stream health.
  3. Discover how to verify natural flow discharges and model verification.
  4. Explore the potential effects of traditional drainage design criteria.
  5. Analyze the benefits of including natural stream records in design.
  6. Determine how to establish effective and achievable stream health objectives.

To enroll in this course please click on the following link: Enroll in This Course Here.

Train Your Team
Get the whole team trained! We offer additional savings if you register as a group. For group pricing information, contact us at learning@forester.net

* Presentations are scheduled for approximately one hour with a 15-20 minute question and answer session to follow. Presentation may exceed scheduled time.
* Each state and certification agency has different requirements; it is your responsibility to know what they are. Note that 1 PDH = 0.1 CEU.
* Purchase of this course allows you access to the presentation(s) for 6 months from the order date.

About Presenters

Kim A. Stephens

M.Eng., P.Eng.
Executive Director
Partnership for Water Sustainability in British Columbia

Jim Dumont

P.Eng., P.Ag.
Engineering Applications Authority
Partnership for Water Sustainability in British Columbia


About WRlibrarian

Currently employed with the Water and Sewerage Authority at the Water Resources Agency, I have created this blog to provide an online presence for the Agency's library. This purpose of this blog would be to inform staff about library related activities, as well as, relevant information that can have an impact on the Agency's operation.
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2 Responses to Water Balance Methodology: Using Continuous Simulation to Protect Urban Watersheds and Stream Health

  1. WRlibrarian says:

    Good morning Yesenia. Thank you for the support of my blog posts. These posts cater to persons in a water resources, hydrology, engineering and geology background, particularly in my department(however, I have kept them public in order to share the information with other interested persons), so I usually visit publisher websites and related organizations, as well as, educational institutions that provide relevant information. I am a great a fan of MOOC courses and I try to get people to take advantage of their services which are available at https://www.mooc-list.com/


  2. WRlibrarian says:

    Good day Maritza. Thank you for showing support for my blog. The information posted on this blog caters to persons with a background in water resources/hydrology and other relevant disciplines, that is present in my organization, and come from a variety of sources such as relevant organizations, publisher websites and educational institutions. For instance, this post highlights a an online course by Forester University available via the link https://foresteruniversity.com/. If such information relates to you, you are free to follow my blog since the information presented is in the public domain but I am just making my colleagues aware of it in case they need to brush up on their relevant knowledge and skills.


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