Design and Analysis of Stormwater Management Ponds

Online /
Apr 3 - 4, 2024 /
Course Code: 14-0419-ONL24

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  • Syllabus
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Please note, This instructor-led course has specific dates and times:
This course is held online over 2 days on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):

9:30 am to 5:30 pm Eastern (Will include the usual breaks)

After participating in this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the basics of stormwater management, pond design, application and types of storage facilities
  • Understand the limitations of the standard of practice and examine the state-of-the-art engineering
  • Apply basic hydrology and hydraulic principles to urban drainage design
  • Determine runoff (peak flows and volumes) from rural and urban watersheds
  • Gain a solid understanding of stormwater pond design principles and criteria
  • Learn to design and analyze stormwater ponds to meet given planning objectives

This workshop provides a detailed review of the complex stormwater management pond design procedures. By participating in this course, you will focus on the latest application of sound planning, design, construction and maintenance practices for stormwater management ponds.

The workshop will cover a review of the building blocks of a pond design, such as hydrology and hydraulic calculations that underlie a design. It will provide an overview of the current criteria required by approval agencies, a review of types of pond storage facilities, and a review of pond layout components, such as forebays, permanent and active storages, inlets, outlets, and spillways.

Course Outline

  • Overview of stormwater management
  • Hydrology refresher
  • Pond design criteria
  • Catchment and site characteristics
  • Overview of pond components
  • Pond analysis design
  • Operation, inspection and maintenance
  • Monitoring
  • Example of a step-by-step pond design
  • Review of computer model software
  • Case study Review

Who Should Attend
Those involved with the design, construction, operation, maintenance, or review of stormwater ponds, including:
Drainage Engineers • Municipal Engineers • Consultants • Technologists • Developers • Planners • Supervisors • Field and Technical personnel

Special Features & Requirements
The course notes will be provided in electronic format.

Please download and install the following information:

  • Environment Canada databases are available through this link
  • IDF Data - Environment Canada has made some changes to the IDF data. Note for everyone; the link can be placed in a shortcut on the desktop to allow for easy access.
  • Please test the installed software. When it opens do you see a map of Canada with a lot of blue dots? - If yes, then you have been successful.
  • Environment Canada stream gauging database HYDAT:

Please test the installed software. When it opens do you see a map of Canada with a lot of green dots? - If yes, then you have been successful. - If no, then please open a File Explorer and go to the folder where the EC Software was installed. Typically this will be C:/Program Files (x86)/EC/ECDataExplorer/Support. In this folder will be a program from Microsoft, AccessRuntime.exe. Please run this program to install a Microsoft Access Database viewer that is used by the Environment Canada Data Explorer. Test the Data Explorer again to confirm that the map of Canada and the green dots appear. If they appear, the program has been successfully installed.

More Information

Time: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM Eastern Time

Please note: You can check other time zones here.


Day 1-Building Blocks of Pond Design

Welcome, Introduction, Workshop Preview, Learning Outcomes & the Assessment Method


    • Why do we need stormwater management?
    • Review of stormwater best management practices & role of ponds
    • Review of the latest flood control & stormwater management criteria

A Hydrology Refresher

    • Rainfall analyses
    • Time of concentration
    • Rainfall losses
    • Estimating flows using rational & hydrographs methods
    • Estimating flows using recorded stream discharges
    • Effect of climate change

A Hydraulics Refresher

    • Open channel hydraulics
    • Pipe hydraulics
    • Orifice & weir flows

Pond Design Criteria

    • Pond types: dry, wet, extended detention, above and below ground facilities
    • Typical design objectives and approval criteria
    • Flood control
      • Water quality control
      • Erosion control
      • Temperature
      • Water balance
    • Landscaping and Planting
    • Private and Public Ponds

Workshop Examples

    • Rational Method Examples
    • Estimating natural flood discharges from records

Day 2- Overview of Pond Design

Catchment & Site Characteristics

    • Site drainage area
    • Space requirement
    • Topography
    • Depth to the water table
    • Depth to bedrock
    • Presence of wetlands
    • Soil characteristics
    • Receiving water(s)
    • Need for additional stormwater quantity & quality control
    • Needs for an extended wet pond
    • Decide where on the site the pond is most likely to be located

Overview of Pond Components

    • Permanent & active storage
    • Inlets
    • Forebays
    • Outlets
    • Spillways
    • Embankments
    • Spillway & embankment
    • Landscaping
    • Cold climate consideration
    • Safety & recreational activities
    • Costs
    • Legal implications
    • Liabilities & risk reduction

Step-by-Step Review of Pond Design

    • Input hydrology and design discharges
    • Establish control works
    • Iterate for pond volume and configuration
    • Effect of water quality features
    • Typical layout of stormwater ponds
    • Design of inlet
    • Design of forebay
    • Design of outlets
    • Pond routing & sizing
    • Pond design reports

Operation, Inspection, Maintenance & Monitoring

    • Municipal input during design review
    • Post-construction operation, inspection & maintenance of ponds
    • Preparation of Monitoring Plans

Case Studies

Questions & Answers & Feedback to Participants on Achievement of Learning Outcomes


Nav Sandhu, P.Eng.

Nav Sandhu, P.Eng., is a Senior Water Resources Engineer with 20 years of experience.

He has extensive experience in stormwater management and drainage planning and design throughout Canada, ranging from servicing /planning studies to detailed design of complex systems. His stormwater infrastructure design experience includes storm sewer systems, culverts, above and below-ground detention and water quality facilities, diversion structures, control and outfall structures, infiltration systems, rip-rap protection works, and instream rehabilitation works. He’s also experienced in base-flow augmentation, source control/rainwater management and other LID systems-relatively new techniques that support sustainable design.

His stormwater engineering knowledge, municipal development, and highway experience make him an excellent resource for a range of clients. He has also provided expert opinions and reports on legal proceedings related to drainage throughout BC.

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Fee & Credits

$1295 + taxes

  • 1.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 14 Continuing Professional Development Hours (PDHs/CPDs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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