Stochastic Empirical Loading and Dilution Model (SELDM)

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The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) are currently cooperating in a national project to redesign the FHWA's highway-runoff quality planning model. The FHWA initiated the project to update the 1990 FHWA highway runoff quality model to reflect changes in runoff quality and to address the importance of upstream receiving-water concentrations for assessing the potential effects of runoff in these receiving waters. We developed the SELDM as a database application so that users can easily create and run highway-runoff simulations. SELDM simulates storm flows, concentrations, and loads. SELDM calculates the risk of exceeding water-quality criteria with and without user-defined BMPs. SELDM calculates annual runoff loads and is able to do a simple annual lake-loading analysis. We also developed national data sets for highway-runoff quality, precipitation, streamflow, runoff coefficients, and background water quality for use with the model. We developed these data sets so that users can easily select choices that represent the site a site of interest to use with the model. SELDM uses Monte-Carlo methods to quantify the effects of precipitation characteristics, streamflow, estimated runoff quantity and quality, and best management practices on the probability distribution of receiving-water concentrations. This web page will provide a catalog of reports and other information as these materials become available.