Water Quality and Ecosystems Modeling

, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp 91–122

Cross-Media Models of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and Airshed

  • Lewis C. Linker
  • Gary W. Shenk
  • Robin L. Dennis
  • Jeffery S. Sweeney

DOI: 10.1023/A:1013934632305

Cite this article as:
Linker, L.C., Shenk, G.W., Dennis, R.L. et al. Water Quality and Ecosystem Modeling (2000) 1: 91. doi:10.1023/A:1013934632305


A continuous, deterministic watershed model of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, linked to an atmospheric deposition model is used to examine nutrient loads to the Chesapeake Bay under different management scenarios. The Hydrologic Simulation Program - Fortran, Version 11 simulation code is used at an hourly time-step for ten years of simulation in the watershed. The Regional Acid Deposition Model simulates management options in reducing atmospheric deposition of nitrogen. Nutrient loads are summed over daily periods and used for loading a simulation of the Chesapeake estuary employing the Chesapeake Bay Estuary Model Package. Averaged over the ten-year simulation, loads are compared for scenarios under 1985 conditions, forecasted conditions in the year 2000, and estimated conditions under a limit of technology scenario. Limit of technology loads are a 50%, 64%, and 42% reduction from the 1985 loads in total nitrogen, total phosphorus, and total suspended solids, respectively. Urban loads, which include point source, on-site wastewater disposal systems, combined sewer overflows, and nonpoint source loads have the highest flux of nutrient loads to the Chesapeake, followed by crop land uses.

watershed model airshed model watershed management water pollution control water quality Chesapeake Bay HSPF 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lewis C. Linker
    • 1
  • Gary W. Shenk
    • 2
  • Robin L. Dennis
    • 3
  • Jeffery S. Sweeney
    • 4
  1. 1.Chesapeake Bay Program Modeling Subcommittee CoordinatorU.S. EPA Chesapeake Bay Program OfficeAnnapolis
  2. 2.Environmental ScientistU.S. EPA Chesapeake Bay Program OfficeAnnapolis
  3. 3.Atmospheric Modeling DivisionSenior Program Manager, U.S. EPA National Exposure Research Laboratory
  4. 4.Environmental Management FellowChesapeake Research Consortium, Inc.Edgewater

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