Program will focus on load duration curves and land-use analysis tool
COLLEGE STATION — The Texas Water Resources Institute and Texas A&M University department of biological and agricultural engineering will present a watershed modeling workshop May 7-8 at the Horticulture/Forest Science Building on the Texas A&M campus in College Station.
The institute is part of Texas A&M AgriLife Research, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences – all part of the Texas A&M University System.
The workshop will include hands-on instruction regarding load duration curves and the Spatially Explicit Load Enrichment Calculation Tool, or SELECT, said coordinators. Sessions will be in Lab 125 of the building, from 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. on May 7 and from 9 a.m.–4:15 p.m. on May 8.
Load duration curves give a graphical representation of stream flow and pollutant loading so real data can be compared to a stream’s maximum allowable load, noted institute professionals. SELECT provides a spatially explicit analysis of land use, land cover, animals, humans and other variables in watersheds to help assess actual and potential sources of bacteria.
“This two-day class is for individuals developing watershed protection plans and total maximum daily loads to estimate pollution sources and loads to rivers,” said Dr. Kevin Wagner, associate director of the Texas Water Resources Institute.
During the workshop, associate professor Dr. R. Karthikeyan and research associate Kyna Borel, both of the biological and agricultural engineering department at Texas A&M, will provide lectures on the use of load duration curves to assess pollutant loads. They also will instruct on the use of SELECT to target priority areas for implementing pollutant remediation measures.
“Participants will also gain hands-on experience in the use of these tools,” Wagner said. “The course will include discussions on gathering data to populate these models and how modeling is critically linked with watershed-based planning efforts.”
Registration is $100 and includes refreshments, course materials and a certificate of completion.
One Texas Water Resources Institute continuing education unit will be provided upon course completion.
For more information about watershed modeling, go to http://select.tamu.edu/.
For more information or to register for the workshop, go to http://watershedplanning.tamu.edu/training/.