2013 AWRA Annual Water Resources Conference





Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013 8:30AM to 4:30PM
Cost: $90.00
Registrations must be made by October 14, 2013

R. Srinivasan, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
Meghna Babbar-Sebens, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
Gerald Whittaker, USDA ARS, Corvallis, OR

Objective: To train professional conservationists, hydrologists, engineers, erosion control workers, federal, state and private business employees, consultants, specialists, and other individuals involved with the assessment of watersheds and water quality in the use of GIS-based Arc-Soil and Water Assessment Tool (ArcSWAT) for:

  1. modeling watershed hydrology and water quality,
  2. designing and modeling conservation practices and other land management practices, and
  3. estimating Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL's) for watersheds in accordance with the Clean Water Act.

Background: ArcSWAT was developed to support watershed and water quality-based assessment and integrated analysis of point and non-point source pollution using the SWAT (Soil and Water Assessment Tool) model. SWAT is a river basin scale model developed to quantify the impact of land management practices in large, complex watersheds.

Topics: Topics to be covered include an introduction to the SWAT model theory and application, as well as demo of ArcSWAT. Training will include presentation of various successful SWAT model applications for watershed management that includes point and non-point source issues and various policy analyses.

Take Aways: At the conclusion of the workshop, attendees should be able to understand the SWAT model and its implementation for modeling various land management scenarios, which include non-point source, point source, urban and agricultural land management issues. The presentations will also help the attendees understand how the SWAT model can be used to assess waste load allocations and implementation of TMDL programs.

Number of Students: The number of students will be limited to 40. Students will be enrolled in the order in which their registration is received. The course will be canceled if the number of students enrolled by Oct. 18, 2013 is less than 10.

Schedule: (Subject to modification)

8:30AM - Welcome and introductions
8:45AM - SWAT model theory and application
10:15 AM - Break
10:30 AM - Optimal design of Agri-environmental policy using an integrated economic/SWAT optimization system
11:00 AM - Phosphorous assessment and solution to reduce the load to a water supply lake in Texas
11:30 AM - Modeling and optimizing conservation practices in agricultural watersheds
Noon - Lunch (On your own)
1:00PM - Impact of Urban development on erosion and solutions using traditional and LID methods.
2:00PM - Demo of ArcSWAT using example dataset
3:00PM - Break
3:15PM - Demo of ArcSWAT - continued
4:00PM - Discussion
4:30PM - Adjourn