July 24 date of 2014 Technical Workshop

Healthy Lake Huron to update public on project to create new rural stormwater management model to help manage runoff during storms

Project team to host technical workshop in Goderich on Thursday, July 24, 2014 

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When storms happen, melting snow or falling rain can build up and run quickly over parking lots, streets, fields, and lawns. That stormwater runoff can then travel to storm drains, creeks, rivers, and the lake. The runoff can erode land, take away topsoil, and carry bacteria, nitrogen, and phosphorus into water sources that are used for drinking, swimming, and recreation. The Healthy Lake Huron: Clean Water, Clean Beaches partnership is working to find and use new tools to slow that runoff down and let it soak into the ground to be filtered before the water reaches the lake. One of those tools is a new computer model being designed to better understand and manage stormwater runoff along Lake Huron’s southeast shoreline, in a largely rural area stretching from Sarnia to Tobermory.

Healthy Lake Huron is inviting interested people to attend a technical workshop in Goderich on Thursday, July 24, 2014. The partnership is hosting the workshop to provide an update about the project to create a new Rural Stormwater Management Model (RSWMM).

“We are getting closer to the creation of this new tool that will provide municipalities and field staff with a better understanding of the impact of runoff during storm events in rural areas,” said Alec Scott, RSWMM Project Manager. “We have already improved monitoring along Lake Huron and the new computer model can give us a better idea of the kinds of projects we need to do to protect water quality and where, and at what scale, those projects are going to have the biggest benefit.” Scott, who is Water and Planning Manager at Ausable Bayfield Conservation, said the model will help identify best management practices and projects that will do the best job of protecting water quality and this new tool will help to invest limited stewardship dollars in the right places. The improved understanding provided by the model can then give the best possible information to rural landowners, community groups, and funding agencies as they set priorities and choose and support water-quality projects.

The workshop will take place at Trinity Christian Reformed Church, 245 Mill Road, Goderich, Ontario, Canada on Thursday, July 24, 2014. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. for the morning session which will include background on Healthy Lake Huron and the new computer model in development. The morning session runs from 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon. The afternoon session will include more technical discussion about the model and this runs from 12:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Admission is free for the morning and afternoon sessions. A light lunch option will be available for purchase as part of the pre-registration process.

Healthy Lake Huron invites interested people to attend in person or to take part by phone and/or web conference. Please RSVP to Alec Scott, in advance (by July 17, if possible), using the registration form (pending) on the rural stormwater project website at ruralstormwater.com. You are also invited to subscribe to the Rural Stormwater Management Model newsletter at this link: http://eepurl.com/ALRLD.

Organizers say everyone is invited and that the day may be of particular interest to drainage engineers and contractors; engineering consultants; researchers; stewardship professionals; farmers and other rural landowners; First Nations; municipalities; government ministries; local non-governmental organizations; public health; youth; and interested citizens and community groups.

Please contact Alec Scott at ascott@abca.on.ca or telephone 519-235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 for more details, or if you wish to be included for upcoming notices about this workshop.

Presentations include updates from the two firms helping to develop the model; Computational Hydraulics International (CHI), a consulting firm in stormwater management, wastewater and watershed modeling software; and Emmons & Olivier Resources, Inc. (EOR), an engineering and environmental consulting firm specializing in water resources, watershed planning, and modeling.

The Rural Stormwater Management Model project has installed five new or upgraded stations along Lake Huron to provide long-term monitoring of water quantity, water quality, and weather impacts, in five sentinel watershed areas.

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) is leading the RSWMM water-quality project in partnership with Maitland Valley, St. Clair Region, Saugeen Valley, and Grey Sauble Conservation Authorities and other partners of the Healthy Lake Huron: Clean Water, Clean Beaches initiative. Project partners include provincial and federal ministries, county departments, local public health and conservation agencies, and participating landowners and community groups.

The rural stormwater project has received funding from the Ontario Ministry of the Environment’s Showcasing Water Innovation Program and contributions from other partners. For more information, visit ruralstormwater.com and healthylakehuron.ca.

Backgrounder

About the Rural Stormwater Management Model (RSWMM) Project

Healthy Lake Huron: Clean Water, Clean Beaches is a partnership of federal and provincial ministries, county and municipal government, public health, local conservation agencies, community groups, and rural landowners and residents. This partnership is working to protect and improve water quality along the southeast shore of Lake Huron, in a largely rural area stretching from Sarnia to Tobermory.

Healthy Lake Huron is working on a project to improve long-term monitoring of water quality, water quantity, and weather impacts and to create a new tool to protect and improve water quality in rural areas. The new tool in development is a computer-based model called the Rural Stormwater Management Model (RSWMM).

Stormwater management models are common for urban areas. Some urban models include certain features for rural landscapes. However, no current model exists with all the features needed to effectively understand and manage runoff during storm events in rural areas. The new model will combine urban modeling features with rural features such as agricultural best management practices; understanding of changes from season to season or even within a season (such as changes in crop cover); modeling of roads, ditches, and culverts; slope and terrain types; dynamic travel of water running over land; tracking of key pollutants (sediment, phosphorous and nitrogen); and other features.

The Rural Stormwater Management Model will build on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Stormwater Management Model (SWMM) and the PCSWMM software which is a powerful support package for SWMM modeling.

The new modelling tool will help to identify best management practices and projects that can work best to improve water quality, identify the project scale that works, and identify the locations where they can have the most benefit. The new model can help those working in land conservation to strategically invest limited stewardship funding in the areas where projects can have the most demonstrated benefits.

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) is leading the Rural Stormwater Management Model Project in partnership with Maitland Valley, St. Clair Region, Saugeen Valley, and Grey Sauble conservation authorities and other partners of the Healthy Lake Huron: Clean Water, Clean Beaches initiative.

               For more information on the project, e-mail, call, or write to:

Rural Stormwater Management Model Project

c/o Ausable Bayfield Conservation,

71108 Morrison Line, RR 3 Exeter, ON • N0M 1S5

519–235–2610 • 1–888–286–2610

abca.on.ca • info@abca.on.ca

Attention: Alec Scott, Project Manager

The Rural Stormwater Management Model Project project has received funding support from the Government of Ontario through Ontario’s Showcasing Water Innovation program. Such support does not indicate endorsement by the Government of Ontario of the contents of this material.

 

 

 

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