Modeling Sedimentation-Filtration Basins for Urban Watersheds Using Soil and Water Assessment Tool Academic Article uri icon


  • Sedimentation-filtration (SedFil) basins are one of the storm-water best management practices (BMPs) that are intended to mitigate water quality problems in urban creeks and rivers. A new physically based model of variably saturated flows was developed for simulating flow and sediment in SedFils within the Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT). The integrated SWAT-SedFil model allows for simulation of unsaturated flow in the filtration basin during small storms and fully saturated flow. Unsaturated flow was modeled using a modified Green and Ampt equation, and saturated flow was simulated with Darcy's Law. Unsaturated flow comprises only a small fraction of large storm events; however, many regular storms are small and may not generate sufficient runoff to create a saturated flow in the filtration basin. Therefore, the combined unsaturated/saturated flow approach for modeling SedFils improved the accuracy of the model, especially in long-term evaluations. The model performs well with respect to estimating storm-water and sediment at the inlet and outlet of a SedFil. 2013 American Society of Civil Engineers.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Jeong, J., Kannan, N., Arnold, J. G., Glick, R., Gosselink, L., Srinivasan, R., & Barrett, M. E.

citation count

  • 19

complete list of authors

  • Jeong, Jaehak||Kannan, Narayanan||Arnold, Jeff G||Glick, Roger||Gosselink, Leila||Srinivasan, Raghavan||Barrett, Michael E

publication date

  • June 2013