Water Balance Model can create an understanding of the past and compare it to many possible futures
Note to Reader: The following article is adapted from an email trail wherein a Councilor with a small Vancouver Island city asked this question: How can the Water Balance Model be applied to establish performance targets relative to an appropriate baseline condition that is acceptable to the municipality?
Create a Vision of the Future Watershed
“For the purposes of a Water Balance Model simulation, the starting scenario can be the watershed in any state, whether that is forested, existing urban, future planning, or just about any condition that you may wish to assess,” expalins Jim Dumont, Engineering Applications Authority for the Inter-Provincial Partnership.
“Yet another key message is that the existing watershed condition should not be seen as a limiting condition; rather, it is just one of many potential conditions.”
“This is where the WBM shines as it is not constrained by starting or ending points. It compares whatever you can envision.”
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Posted March 2010