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2018 AWRA Annual Conference
Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards, Baltimore, MD
November 4, 2018, 8:30am – 4:30pm

Cost: $99.00
Registration Deadline - October 15, 2018

Watershed Management Optimization Support Tool

Naomi Detenbeck, USEPA Atlantic Ecology Division, Narragansett, RI  and Amy Piscopo. USEPA Ofc. of Research Development, Narragansett, RI 

Objective:  The purpose of the workshop is to introduce participants to the concept of integrated water resource management (IWRM) and to train federal, state, tribal, municipal/utility, NGO, and consultants in the use and applications of EPA’s Watershed Management Optimization Support Tool (WMOST) version 3.

Background:  WMOST was designed to facilitate the application of IWRM at the community and small watershed scales to find the most cost effective suite of management practices (stormwater, wastewater, drinking water, land conservation) to meet water quantity and water quality goals.  WMOST accepts time series from common water quality models (e.g., SWAT, HSPF, SWMM) to define baseline conditions, interacts with SWMM to estimate potential reductions in runoff and pollutant loads from best management practices, produces input files to submit to the NEOS interface for optimization problems, and summarizes the most cost-effective management solutions to meet water quantity and quality targets.

Topics:  Topics to be covered include an introduction to integrated water resources management, an overview of WMOST, optimization problem formulation, import of SWAT/HSPF/SWMM baseline time series into WMOST, use of the stormwater management module, available management options, calibration and trouble-shooting, the optimization process, and scenario development.

Take Aways:   At the conclusion of the workshop, participants should be able to import baseline time series into WMOST, define an optimization problem, evaluate the use of stormwater BMPs and other management options, submit optimization files to the online NEOS server to generate solutions, import and process NEOS output, and interpret results.

Attendee Requirements:  Attendees should bring a laptop computer with CD-ROM drive and WIFI capabilities with MS Excel 2013 or 2016 installed (32 bit version).  Ideally participants will have downloaded and installed both WMOST v3 (https://www.epa.gov/ceam/wmost-30-download-page ) and SUSTAIN v 1.2 nonGIS (https://www.epa.gov/water-research/system-urban-stormwater-treatment-and-analysis-integration-sustain ) ahead of time; if not they should have administrative privileges for installation during the workshop.  HOWEVER, participants are welcome to attend the workshop without a computer with the understanding that one will not be provided.

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 October 15 is less than 10.

Schedule: (Subject to modification)

8:30AM       Welcome, introductions and installation

9:00 AM       Integrated water management and WMOST overview

9:30 AM       Case study introduction

9:50 AM        Land use and baseline hydrology and pollutant loads 

10:20 AM      Break

10:30 AM      Stormwater module

11:00 AM      Water demand, supply, and infrastructure

11:45 AM      Initiate an optimization run

12 NOON      Lunch

1:00 PM        Results module 

1:30 PM        Scenarios

2:00 PM        Model set up

2:30 PM        Break

2:45 PM        Calibration and validation

3:30 PM        Example applications

4:00 PM        Future directions and discussion

4:30 PM        Adjourn