Water Resources Research Act Program

Details for Project ID 2015MD332B

Storm Water Runoff and Water Quality Modeling in Urban Maryland (Graduate Fellowship)

Institute: Maryland
Year Established: 2015 Start Date: 2015-03-01 End Date: 2016-02-29
Total Federal Funds: $6,000 Total Non-Federal Funds: $12,000

Principal Investigators: Kaye Brubaker, Barton Forman

Abstract: A dynamic rainfall-runoff and water quality computer simulation model of an infiltration basin near Maryland Highway 175 will be created using EPA’S hydrologic simulation model Storm Water Management Model (SWMM). The model will be calibrated and verified using storm event data collected during previous studies at the University of Maryland. There are two major aspects for the model development. First, the model will be used to evaluate the infiltration basin’s low impact development (LID) ability to improve water quality and reduce downstream storm water runoff effects. Second, it will be used to evaluate the impacts of future climate change on storm water runoff intensity and pollutant transport affecting downstream waterways such as the Chesapeake Bay.