As part of the Great Lakes Tributary Modeling Program, the Chicago District
of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Michigan State University, and Purdue
University have developed a watershed management system. The management
system allows stakeholders who are actively engaged in planning and other
stakeholders who support planning in the Burns Ditch and Trail Creek
watersheds to conduct preliminary assessments. Specifically, stakeholders
can obtain an overview of the two watersheds using a map service and generate
land use and impervious surface estimates. Second, stakeholders can assess
before and after consequences of applying soil conservation and non-point
source pollution measures to agricultural lands or land use changes (e.g.
agricultural land to residential). Third, hydrologists may use a model to
design a number of erosion and sediment control structures.
The Burns Ditch and Trail Creek Watershed Management System includes the two
named watersheds which drain into Lake Michigan and incorporated areas within
three northwestern counties of Indiana: Lake, Porter, and La Porte. For more
information regarding the Great Lakes Tributary Modeling Program and other
tributary modeling efforts, please go to
http://glc.org/projects/water-quality/tributary/, the program's website.
The Swan Creek Watershed Management System is a collaboration between Purdue University and the Institute for Water Resources of Michigan State University whcih provides tools to perform environmental analyses within the Swan Creek basin in Northwestern Ohio. This subwatershed isin the Ohio portion of the Maumee River Watershed. The site provides tools to evaluate land cover change scenarios, estimate nutrient runoff, prioritize sub-basins by erosion and sediment loading, evaluate BMP cost benefits, explore low impact development (LID) options, and map-browsing.
Start with the following applications:
Burns Ditch & Trail Creek Web-GIS erosion and hydrologic modeling system (RUSLE enabled)
Use this system to estimate the sediment, water quantity, and water quality
impacts of applying agricultural best management practices (BMPs) or changing
land use in a watershed.
- The Swan Creek Watershed Management System provides tools to perform environmental analyses within the Swan Creek basin, in Ohio. Tools are available to evaluate land cover change scenarios, estimate nutrient runoff, prioritize sub-basins by erosion and sediment loading, evaluate BMP cost benefits, explore low impact development (LID) options, and map-browsing. Use the menu to access the system and learn about the tools.
- Project entry from Digital Watershed
User can initiate the Web-GIS modeling project using this link from Digital
Watershed hosted at Michigan State University, where additional GIS data are
available, such as gaging stations, permit compliance system, industrial
facilities discharge sites, etc. Data are organized in 8-digit watershed.
- Burns Ditch & Trail Creek erosion and hydrologic modeling Web-GIS tool presentation
- Tutorials (
screen capture user manual,
short training exercises (two-pager description), and
detailed training exercises [detailed model interface instruction and screen capture tutorial in powerpoint presentation]
- Dr. Bernard A. Engel,
Department of Ag. & Bio. Engineering,
- Larry Theller, L-THIA Technical Support: Department of Ag. & Bio. Engineering,
- Dr. Richard L Farnsworth, Formerly Department of Forestry and Natural Resource Sciences, Purdue University
- Dr. Jon Bartholic, Yi Shi, Institute of Water Research, Michigan State University
- David F Bucaro, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District