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Biological Engineering (B E)

B E 467 Design of Stormwater and Erosion Control Facilities (3) Design of best management practices for stormwater management, erosion and sediment control as applied to the agriculture-urban interface.

B E 467 Design of Stormwater and Erosion Control Facilities (3)

This course equips seniors agricultural and biological engineers with the ability to design sediment and stormwater impoundments and erosion control structures used in agriculture and the development of the agricultural-urban interface. Predictive hydrology is presented along with an introduction to several hydrology-based models used in the land-development industry. Basins are presented as fundamental structures used to attenuate stormwater peaks as well as holding ponds to facilitate gravitational sediment removal from stormwater runoff. Various sediment traps are also included. Flood routing is developed so students understand and can design for flood peak attenuation. Low Impact Development (LID) practices such as green roofs, bioretention areas and vegetated filter strips are presented as infiltration-based alternatives to traditional stormwater management. Open channel design procedures including maximum permissible velocity and tractive force are reviewed. The Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation (RUSLE) is introduced and the latest version of the RUSLE software package is available for student use. Stream corridor restoration procedures, especially many of the structural practices, are introduced. The course includes a major design project executed in groups of 3 to 5 students. Students are assigned a land parcel and the proposed development. Students are expected to develop a Stormwater Management Plan, including several LIDs, and an Erosion and Sedimentation Control Plan, including a sediment basin. Students must present their final designs in oral and written format to their peers and a lay audience. This project makes up about 30% of their course grade. The remainder of the grade is from two take-home exams and daily homework.  The majority of those taking this course are A B E seniors or graduate students. Civil and Environmental Engineers often elect this course.

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Spring 2010
Prerequisite: B E 307 orC E 461

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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