A Practical Hydrologic Model for Urban Watersheds

by Joel W. Toso, Barr Engineering Co, Minneapolis, MN, USA,
Douglas W. Barr, Barr Engineering Co, Minneapolis, MN, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering Hydrology


A typical problem in watershed management is determining the peak discharge and runoff volume for numerous and combined watersheds. The methods available to solve this problem are often too complex or, in the other extreme, too empirical and detached from the physical processes involved in rainfall and runoff. This paper discusses a hydrograph method developed by Barr Engineering Co. in Minneapolis, Minnesota as a practical solution to the problem. An additional and necessary focus is its position amid the crowded array of other urban runoff models.

Subject Headings: Hydrologic models | Municipal water | Urban areas | Watersheds | Stormwater management | Water discharge | Empirical equations | Drainage | Minnesota | United States

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