Date of Award

8-2013

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Legacy Department

Biosystems Engineering

Advisor

Privette, Charles V

Committee Member

Sawyer , Calvin

Committee Member

Hayes , John

Abstract

For this research, a previously developed comprehensive watershed water quality model for the Reedy River as developed for South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a total maximum daily load (TMDL) assessment tool was used to assess the benefits of using low impact development (LID) designs in future growth of Greenville County, within the Reedy River watershed. The original intent of this model was to provide SCDHEC with a defensible model that could be used to prepare nutrient TMDLs for an area located at Boyd Millpond and the Reedy River Arm of Lake Greenwood. This model incorporates US EPA models, Loading Simulation Program in C++ (LSPC) and Water Quality Analysis Simulation Program (WASP).
The model was first analyzed to determine how sensitive it was to changing land use on the sub-watershed/development scale. Further analysis was then conducted throughout the entire Reedy River watershed. This analysis was done to determine the scale at which changes in development affect both the sub-watershed, and the overall watershed's water quality. Once this analysis was completed, global information system (GIS) growth maps of Greenville County were used to predict what water quality/quantity effects that future growth/development might have on the watershed both by comparing a traditional engineering design approach compared to utilizing with a LID approach

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