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

Optimizing Indoor and Outdoor Water Conservation

With the upcoming dry season being one of the most difficult times in ensuring an adequate water supply it is important for us to know how to efficiently and effectively conserve our available resources, which can be shared with our various stakeholders. The 2 for 1 special on-demand webcast below is the ideal opportunity to ensure our available water supply is maximized in such a time. Please see below for further information and the link to enroll for the course, which is being offered at 99.00 (US Dollars).


Course 1 – Grow Green and Save Blue – Optimizing Outdoor Water Conservation

Water conservation can be a challenge, and just the concept of conservation can strike fear into the hearts of those preferring lush green landscapes over rocks, cacti, and synthetics. If you are considering an outdoor program in your area or are dealing with similar challenges, join EPA WaterSense 2010 Irrigation Partner of the Year, Judith Benson, to explore water conservation methods and irrigation system efficiency techniques.

Join Benson to find out what others have in their water conservation toolbox as we review successful water efficiency programs nation-wide. Through discussion, gain insight into program development, site assessment, and monitoring data, plus tips for picking the best management practices in your area. We’ll also discuss recommendations for implementing an outdoor plan and explore ways to take advantage of utility programs.

Our goal is to provide you with useful information in implementing an outdoor water conservation program or expanding offerings to your region. Outdoor water use can be complicated. We’ll share insights into current technology and management of these systems that can provide relatively immediate relief in lowering outdoor water consumption.

Learning Objectives:
Webcast attendees can expect the discussion and education of the following learning objectives.

  • Soil-Plant-Water Relationship
  • Advanced Technology
  • Best Management Practices
  • Outdoor Water Conservation Programs
  • Data Monitoring and Sharing

Course 2 – Beyond the Drip – Improving Indoor Water Efficiency, Planning, and Implementation

While saving water outdoors may be easy to spot (e.g., water running down the sidewalk), indoor savings are often less obvious. While less obvious, with the right knowledge and tools, indoor water savings can be easy to identify (and just as valuable to your pocketbook).

Join industry experts Paul Lander, Ph.D., ASLA, LEED AP and Troy Aichele, LEED AP (O+M) to explore the key elements, variables, and the importance of indoor water conservation and savings within your conservation plan, as well as how to develop, implement, monitor, and maintain an effective indoor water savings plan. Additionally, learn the step-by-step process to perform a water audit, calculate your payback period, and select replacement fixtures, as well as how to develop and manage your maintenance plan to maximize your ROI short and long-term.

Paul Lander will open our discussion with an exploration of the concepts behind indoor water conservation, the difference between appropriate water use and water waste, and the connection between the water savings and energy savings. Building on this foundation, Troy Aichele will lead you through his personalized step-by-step process of how to perform a water audit, including contacting the customer, auditing a facility or residence, the tools required, the associated rebates, and most importantly how to calculate your payback period. We will also discuss how to pick appropriate replacement fixtures and appliances to maximize ROI, and gain an understanding of Watersense labels—where they come from, how they are obtained and what they mean to you. Finally, as monitoring and maintenance are essential to the success of upgrades, Paul Lander will discuss how to develop, implement, monitor, and maintain your new indoor water conservation plan so that your water efficiency efforts are maximized and calculated payback periods achieved (or surpassed!).

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

  • Why indoor water conservation is important, and what elements and variables are involved (e.g. water, waste, energy)
  • How to conduct your own indoor water audit and calculate water efficiency improvement paybacks
  • About Watersense labels and what they mean on plumbing fixtures and appliances
  • How to develop, implement, monitor and maintain an indoor water conservation plan

Persons can enroll for this course via the following link.

* 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 special allows you access to the presentations for 6 months from the order date.

About Presenters


Judith Benson

Clear Water Products & Services, Inc.

Paul W. Lander

Consultant, Dakota Ridge Partners
Lecturer, University of Colorado

Troy Aichele

Troy Aichele

Aichele and Associates, LLC