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Watershed Academy Webcast - Model My Watershed: A Tool for Water Resource Management

  • Dr. Anthony Aufdenkampe, Senior Environmental Scientist, LimnoTech
  • Dr. Barry M. Evans, Senior Research Associate, Penn State University and Adjunct Faculty member at Stroud Water Research Center
  • Bill Brown, Chief, TMDL Development Section, PA Department of Environmental Protection

This Webcast presents information on a new web-based tool called Model My Watershed. This tool is part of a larger web application called WikiWatershed that is being developed by the Stroud Water Research Center (see www.wikiwatershed.org). Model My Watershed is a user friendly, online watershed modeling Web application intended for use by citizens, conservation practitioners, municipal decision-makers, educators, students, and others. This tool enables users to:

  • Analyze nationally-available landscape, climate and other datasets in their neighborhoods and watersheds;
  • Model stormwater runoff and water quality impacts using professional-grade models; and
  • Compare how different conservation or development scenarios could modify runoff and water quality.

Model My Watershed allows users to learn how land use and soil together determine whether rainfall infiltrates into the soil, runs off into streams, or is evaporated and transpired by plants. This Internet tool is intended to provide an easy-to-use professional-grade modeling package to inform land use decisions, support conservation practices, and enhance watershed education.

The Webcast provides background on the tool, demonstrates the tool, and highlights how this tool is being used by several states and others for their total maximum daily load, nonpoint source, and municipal stormwater programs. Webcast participants are eligible to receive a certificate for their attendance.

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