Burns Ditch & Trail Creek Watershed Management System

Purdue ABE U.S. Army Corps of Engineers MSU Digital Watershed

      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/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:

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

Documentation:
  1. Burns Ditch & Trail Creek erosion and hydrologic modeling Web-GIS tool presentation
  2. Tutorials ( movies, 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] )
Contacts:
  • Dr. Bernard A. Engel, Department of Ag. & Bio. Engineering, Purdue University. Phone: 765-494-1162; Fax: 765-496-1115
  • Larry Theller, Technical Support: Department of Ag. & Bio. Engineering, Purdue University.
  • Dr. Richard L Farnsworth, Formerly Department of Forestry and Natural Resource Sciences, Purdue University. Phone: 765-496-3245
  • Dr. Jon Bartholic, Yi Shi, Institute of Water Research, Michigan State University, Phone: 517-432-5585
  • David F Bucaro, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District, Phone: 312-846-5583
Important site info:
  • This project is done in cooperation with Digital Watershed hosted at the Michigan State University. Sometimes when user sees this message: "Error: Map server is busy!" when the page reaches this web host: http://35.8.121.101/, it is due to potential problem at the Digital Watershed web site at MSU. Please notify Yi Shi at the Digital watershed when this happens.