This course provides guidance on some of the required criteria the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has in place for the planning, design, construction and maintenance of ponds. This course describes basic design principles of embankment and excavation ponds as well as construction requirements. Topics include: water needs, preliminary soil investigations, watershed & stormwater runoff estimation, basin sealing, spillways and inlets, and operation & maintenance. This online PDH course is intended for hydrologists, civil engineers, agricultural engineers, construction engineers, municipal engineers, geotechnical engineers and environmental engineers.
SPECIFIC KNOWLEDGE OR SKILL OBTAINED
This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:
- Become familiar with the general features and the differences of embankment and excavated ponds
- How to perform a preliminary investigation
- Be able estimate storm water runoff quantity and rate using the runoff curve number method
- Estimate time of concentration for a watershed for a given flow length and average watershed slope
- Advantages and disadvantages of a hooded or canopy inlet spillway and a drop inlet spillway
- Estimate earthfill requirements for an embankment for known end areas and embankment length
- Estimate embankment end area for known embankment height, side slopes, and top width
CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION
You will be able to immediately print a certificate of completion after passing a 16 question multiple-choice quiz. The quiz can be retaken unlimited times until a passing grade of 70% or better is earned. This course satisfies 2 professional development hours (PDH) of continuing education.