Using the Manual Storage Option

This storage option allows you to enter stage, elevation and total storage values manually. This option can be most useful when you are working to duplicate an existing study or already know the stage-storage values. Contours and incremental storages are not required.

To use this feature, select Manual from the storage options.

Ponds created using Manual Entry cannot use exfiltration as a discharge as there is not a contour or surface area to apply it to.

Required Data

The following is a description of each of the required input items.

Bottom Elevation
Enter the elevation of the bottom of the pond.

Voids (%)
This value defaults to 100 and is useful for modeling gravel-filled trench drains. It allows for a reduction in storage due to gravel fills and such, but still allows the total surface area available for exfiltration calculations.

Click [Apply] when finished. This sets up the Stage-Storage input table for storage entries.

Type in the stage value. The first stage value (Row 0) is always 0 and will be skipped. Press the [Tab] key to move to the Elevation column.

Type the elevation corresponding to this stage. In most cases this value is displayed as a default. Simply press [Tab] to accept and proceed to the next item.

Total Storage
Total Storage at stage zero must be zero. Type in the value and press [Tab] to advance to next Stage. You are not required to enter data for all of the available stages, but at least 3 are required.

When you are finished entering data, click the [Apply Storage] button near the bottom of the table.

Stage-Storage Chart

You can quickly view a chart of the Stage-Storage by clicking the Stage-Storage radio button. Notice in the chart below how the estimated required storages from Step 1 are plotted. The lines provide you with the corresponding elevations at each return period. For example, the estimated storage for the 100-yr event requires that it fill the pond up to elevation 907.5.

If you completed Step 1 you will see plots of the estimates storages

Now click the [Next] button to proceed to Step 3 – Outlets.

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