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Title: Watershed analysis risk management framework: A decision support system for watershed approach and total maximum daily load calculation. Topical report

WARMF (Watershed Analysis Risk Management Framework) is a decision support system that can guide stakeholders to a consensus watershed management plan. All necessary databases, simulation models, and graphical software are integrated into a Windows Graphical User Interface (GUI). The models, embedded in WARMF, can educate stakeholders on how meteorology generates hydrology and nonpoint loads; how land use affects nonpoint loads; how point and nonpoint loads are spatially distributed; how point and nonpoint loads translates to water quality in rivers and lakes; and whether the water quality is suitable for intended uses. The reliability of the models can be checked by comparing the simulated results to the observed data. The road map of the consensus process contains 7 steps. In each step, WARMF presents stakeholders with relevant information so that they can understand and make informed decisions. The TMDL calculation sheet provides a step by step procedure to evaluate the total maximum daily load of various pollutants for a series of control points, progressing from upstream to downstream in a river basin. A context sensitive help menu is provided for every task. An uncertainty analysis can be performed to evaluate the chance of failure for a management plan that may involvemore » multi-million dollars of private and public investment. WARMF has been applied to Catawba River Basin of North and South Carolina, Holston River Basin of Virginia and Tennessee, Hockanum River Basin of Connecticut and the Techi Watershed of Taiwan.« less
Authors:
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  1. Systech Engineering, San Ramon, CA (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
10140148
Report Number(s):
EPRI-TR--110709
ON: UN99003297; TRN: AHC29927%%206
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: Dec 1998
Research Org:
Electric Power Research Inst., Palo Alto, CA (United States);Systech Engineering, San Ramon, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
Electric Power Research Inst., Palo Alto, CA (United States)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; 99 GENERAL AND MISCELLANEOUS//MATHEMATICS, COMPUTING, AND INFORMATION SCIENCE; WATERSHEDS; RESOURCE MANAGEMENT; WATER RESOURCES; W CODES; PLANNING; HYDROLOGY; LAND USE; EXPERIMENTAL DATA 290400; 990200; ENERGY RESOURCES; MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTERS