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 Development replaces permeable desert with impermeable roofs and pavement  Increases peak and total stormwater discharge  Classical approach: large.

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2  Development replaces permeable desert with impermeable roofs and pavement  Increases peak and total stormwater discharge  Classical approach: large engineering projects (lined canals, large ponds)  Newer approach: smaller distributed structures that mimic natural systems

3 Flash flood is spread over time Leading to smoother hydrograph below Natural hydrographs can be approximated time discharge

4 REDUCE OR ELIMINATEREPLACE WITH  Large retention ponds  Large detention ponds  Concrete lined channels  High cost  Unsightly  Small systems distributed throughout the development  Bioretention/infiltration swales  Natural arroyos  Lower cost  Beautiful

5  Small scale controls mimic natural hydrologic processes  Directing runoff to natural areas encourages growth of trees and enhances infiltration  Conservation preserves natural drainage patterns  Customized site design protects the entire watershed

6  Capturing runoff in small volumes helps to prevent erosion, because the runoff is less likely to reach damaging flow rates.  The distribution of storage components also tends to result in a more robust stormwater management system, because the failure of one component will not cause the entire system to fail.  A knowledge based approach that requires full analysis of precipitation history (drought is important for vegetation, storms for flooding)

7  Bioretention: Vegetated depressions store water in soil and provide reliable water for drought resistant vegetation  Tree box filters: curbside containers placed below grade, covered with a grate and filled with sand and soil, with tree planted in middle  Infiltration trenches: fill areas with sorted gravel or rock to capture and infiltrate runoff  Permeable pavement: Asphalt or concrete that allows infiltration  Permeable pavers: manufactured paving stones containing spaces where water can penetrate  Disconnect impervious areas by directing runoff from buildings and pavements onto lawns or other vegetated areas  Use weirs and check dams in swales






13 swale Stormwater periodically diverted to shallow depressions with native vegetation swale street


15  Arroyos move water and sediment  Peak discharge causes flooding, not total water  Blockage of arroyos by retention/detention ponds interrupts sediment flow, leading to erosion downstream  Retention ponds as specified by the city constitute a waste of resources  (Capture area/ plant area) > 15 supports vegetation with no watering in El Paso climate

16 native plants Impermeable areas concentrate water in vegetated areas Consider that if rainfall is increased by 10X, El Paso has a lot of water for watering trees. capture area capture area/plant area > 15 for El Paso

17  Sediment transport and erosion are related  Water has a sediment carrying capacity that depends upon velocity  When the capacity to carry sediment is reached, erosion stops  When sediments are artificially removed from water by ponding, downstream erosion is increased  Detention ponds artificially deplete sediment

18  Peak discharge increased by upsteam development  Water comes in deficient in sediment  Increased erosion visible ~1/2 mile below major water inputs to canyon

19 Upstream developmen t can cause increased erosion downstream from a) increased peak discharge and/or b) sediment “hungry” water



22  Use less city water since landscaping would be watered by rain  Have more vegetation  Increase groundwater recharge  Not increase downstream runoff or erosion  Be more profitable

23  Current stormwater engineering practices in El Paso are based primarily on dated designs from different climates and landscapes  Modern low impact designs focus on distributed points of infiltration and transpiration for reducing peak discharge  Site specific designs that reflect the unique geography and climate of the El Paso del Norte Region are needed  Modern designs can lower costs and increase profits for developers while preserving the environment and providing an improved living experience

24 Water is most economically stored in the soil, this water must last through periods of drought 10 year simulation of soil moisture in a bio retention structure, El Paso climate


26 T=Transpiration=The water loss from plant. E=Evaporation=The water loss due to the change of water from a liquid state to a vapor state is/images/eto_overview.gif

27  Plant available water is exactly as the name implies, it is the unbound water that is available to plants for uptake.  This is calculated by subtracting the water content at field capacity from the soil water content at the permanent wilting point.  The field capacity and the wilting point differ from type of soil to another type.


29  If we have 65 cm 3 of water at field capacity, and are left with 13 cm 3 at the permanent wilting point, what is our plant available water?

30  SCS runoff curve number method (Soil-Cover Method).  Initial abstraction (Ia) is all losses before runoff begins. It includes water retained in surface depressions, water intercepted by vegetation, evaporation, and infiltration.  S is related to the soil and cover conditions of the watershed through the CN.  The major factors that determine CN are the hydrologic soil group (HSG), cover type, treatment, hydrologic condition, and antecedent runoff condition (ARC).

31  If the accumulative precipitation of a 100- year storm is 8 inches and the average CN fro the drainage area is 89. How many inches of runoff can be generated? How much water lost?

32 S= (1000/89) -10 = 1.236 inches. Ia = 0.2 * 1.326 = 0.247 inches Q= (8 – 0.247 )²/[ (8- 0.247) + 1.236] = 6.69 inches  Lost = 8 – 6.69 = 1.31 inches

33  Fro a 1000 sq ft. drainage area, the conditions of 500 sq ft are different where CN= 75 while CN of the rest of the area is 68. If the accumulated precipitation is 6.5 inches, how much runoff will be produced. Haw much water lost to interception, infiltration, evaporation, etc.


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