Accession Number : ADA560207


Title :   Modeling the Hydrodynamics and Water Quality of the Lower Minnesota River Using CE-QUAL-W2: A Report on the Development, Calibration, Verification, and Application of the Model


Descriptive Note : Final rept.


Corporate Author : ENGINEER RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER VICKSBURG MS ENVIRONMENTAL LAB


Personal Author(s) : Smith, David L ; Threadgill, Tammy L ; Larson, Catherine E


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a560207.pdf


Report Date : May 2012


Pagination or Media Count : 196


Abstract : The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (USACE ERDC) Environmental Lab (EL) and Metropolitan Council Environmental Services (MCES) developed an advanced water quality model of the Lower Minnesota River (Jordan, Minnesota, to the mouth) using the CE-QUAL-W2 modeling framework. This portion of the river is a highly impaired system with a very rich set of monitored data. Model development consisted of calibration and validation of seven water years: 1988 (low flow) and 2001-2006. Data from 2006 were first used to calibrate the model, and the same parameter values were applied to all other years for validation. The 2006 parameter set worked well for all years except 1988. The model was then recalibrated using data from 1988 and verified by applying the revised parameter set to the other six years. The model output agrees to an acceptable level with observed data for every water year simulated. The Lower Minnesota River Model (LMRM) provides a tool for load allocation studies and facility or watershed planning, in addition to providing a bridge to other water quality modeling efforts in the area.


Descriptors :   *HYDRODYNAMICS , *RIVERS , *WATER QUALITY , *WATERSHEDS , ARMY RESEARCH , BRIDGES , CALIBRATION , ENVIRONMENTS , FACILITIES , FLOW , LABORATORIES , MINNESOTA , MODELS , PLANNING , TOOLS , URBAN AREAS , VALIDATION , VERIFICATION , WATER


Subject Categories : Hydrology, Limnology and Potamology
      Fluid Mechanics
      Water Pollution and Control


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE