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Storm Runoff as Related to Urbanization Based on Data Collected in Salem and Portland, and Generalized for the Willamette Valley, Oregon

Description: Abstract: Storm runoff as related to urbanization is defined by a series of regression equations for Salem and for the Willamette Valley, Oregon. In addition to data from 17 basins monitored in the Salem area, data from 24 basins gaged in a previous study in Portland, Oregon-Vancouver, Washington were used defining the Willamette Valley equations. Basins used to define equations ranged in size from 0.2 to 26 square mi. Rainfall intensity varied from 1.8 to 2.2 in. for the 6-hour, 0.020 exceedance probability. Sensitivity analyses of equations indicate that urbanization of an undeveloped basin can increase peak discharge more than three times and almost double runoff volume. Much of Portland and Vancouver are located on porous river terraces where dry wells are used to shunt runoff. Much of east Salem is located on previously farmed land where drain tiles used to dewater soils still connect directly to streams.
Date: 1983
Creator: Laenen, Antonius
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Storm Runoff as Related to Urbanization in the Portland, Oregon-Vancouver, Washington Area

Description: From abstract: "A series of equations was developed to provide a better method of determining flood frequencies in the Portland-Vancouver urban area that is now available. The resulting regression equations can be used to compute peak discharge and storm runoff with a standard error of estimate of approximately thirty percent." This report contains captioned, black-and-white photographs and a colored map.
Date: 1980
Creator: Laenen, Antonius
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department