Modeling Eco-Friendly Stormwater Dynamics
ENSC 285B - Fall 2003 - UVM #90995

Shortcut to Englesby Brook files

Note: This course is open to Undergrad and Grad students and can be taken for either 2 or 3 credits

Summary: Stormwater impact management is amajor and growing concern, locally, regionally, and nationally. Computer simulations are important tools in stormwater planning and management. However, most stormwater modeling software has been designed to simulate the behaviors of engineered stormwater management systems (e.g.; sewers, pipes, pump stations), are expensive, and are complicated to run. Increasingly, municipalities are trying to incorporate 'green', non-engineered technologies into their stormwater management plans and seek non-technical stakeholder input in the decision-making process. However, there are few modeling systems that address these needs. Recently, researchers in CSIRO (an Australian national research organization) have developed the Model for Urban Stormwater Improvement Conceptualization (MUSIC) for this purpose. In this seminar we will explore the capabilities of the MUSIC model for applications in the Potash Brook watershed within South Burlington. This seminar is appropriate for both upper level undergraduates and graduate students. Prior experience with stormwater or hydrological modeling software is not necessary for this course. For additional information see the full syllabus.


Full syllabus

Link to the CSIRO web site for the MUSIC model

Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation - Storm Water Section

Vermont stormwater publications including Stormwater Management Manuals Volumes I and II.

Vermont Water Quality Standards narrative and Appendix C numerical criteria

Link to South Burlington web site with the Pioneer Envrionmental report on Potash Brook.

EPA Report - Preliminary Data Summary of Urban Stormwater Best Management Practices

International Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMP) Database

NRDC report on Low Impact Design for stormwater managment.

Smart Growth Resource Library from Smart Growth On-line. (See the navigation menu on the left margin of this page.)

Seattle Washington Street Edge Alternatives project (see the Virtual Tour)

Shellburne Bay Watershed Project web site on Potash Brook (with GIS layers and on-line reports)

Stormwater pictures from recent event (20-21 October 2003) in the Butler Farm/Oak Creek area

Interesting research article in WRR comparing regression v process models


The following pages are password protected:

Instructions for downloading the MUSIC software (course download only)

MUSIC software usage agreement

Impacts of Imprervious Cover on Aquatic Systems (CWP 2003)

Data for the Potash Brook watershed

Precipitation data for the period 1990 to 2003 (US format, Excel file)
Metadata file for the Potash Brook precipitation data

Temperature data for the period 1990 to 2003 (US format, Excel file)
Metadata file for the Potash Brook temperature data

Vermont Climate 'Normals' data from the National Climate Data Center (PDF)
Vermont Climate 'Normals' data from the National Climate Data Center (text)

Winooski NRCD draft workplan for stormwater implementations in Potash Brook

Useful references relevant to stormwater management

Meeting notes and presentations

Meeting #1: Introduction to MUSIC. (notes, presentation, recent WRB docket)

Meeting #2: Fundamentals of the MUSIC model. (notes, no presentation)

Meeting #3: Discussion of swale assignment. Project discussion (notes)

Meeting #4: Discussion of bioretention critical analyses (notes)

Meeting #5: Discussion of Pioneer Environmental report on Potash Brook (Alex)

Meeting #6: Discussion of Center for Watershed Protection report on impervious cover

Assignments, with due dates noted

Assignment #1 - Introduction to using MUSIC and worked example #1 (due 11 September)

Assignment #2 - Swales and Bioretention Filters using worked example #2 (due 25 September)

Assignment #3 - Critical analysis #1: Bioretention systems for stormwater management (due 2 October)

Assignment #4 - Linking landscapes and wetland treament systems (due 9 October)

Assignment #5 - Impacts of Impervious Cover on Aquatic Systems (due 16 October)

Assignment #6 - Initial parameterization of Englesby Brook (due 23 October)

Englesby Brook restoration report
(great info/data on land use/land cover)

Englesby Brook MUSIC model and data files

2001 precipitation data

Englesby Brook discharge data from USGS (Laura Medalie)

Englesby Brook ET data from NCDC (monthly and annual)

Mean annual ET (1950-1980) from NY/USGS (map with text)

NRCS TR-55 urban runoff esimation methodology
(Includes needed soil hydrologic group information.)

Critical analyses of stormwater literature (cited papers are in a folder on my office shelf)

Critical analysis #1: Bioretention devices (swales, wetlands, ponds)

Instructions for critical analyses of stormwater managment literature

Cookbook format for critical analyses

Instructions for final presentation and report (To be posted)