Environmental Science Division (EVS)a Division of Argonne National Laboratory
Predictive environmental understanding

Flooding and Stormwater Analyses

EVS is evaluating the potential for flooding at power plants and federal facilities.

EVS researchers use hydrologic modeling to evaluate the potential for flooding at facilities such as nuclear power plants. The results of these efforts serve to improve the management of stormwater runoff and assess safety at these sites.

For the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), EVS is conducting modeling analyses and field inspections to support flooding re-evaluations at several dozen power plant sites and hydrologic safety evaluations at new reactor sites. The models focus on local intense precipitation, stream and river flooding, dam failure, and coastal flooding mechanisms, and rely on current methods, data, and regulatory guidance.

EVS provided stormwater modeling analysis for the Army National Guard to support the maintenance of predevelopment hydrology during construction of a new facility (as required by Section 438 of the Environmental Independence and Security Act) and to reduce stormwater runoff and pollution at the site (as required by Executive Order 13514). The work was documented in a stormwater management plan, which provided runoff modeling results, an assessment of stormwater detention capacity, and recommendations to the Guard for best management practices at the site.

Watershed delineation at a National Guard facility
Watershed delineation at a National Guard facility [Source: Argonne National Laboratory]
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Principal Hydrogeology Specialist
Capabilities: Conceptual and numerical modeling of groundwater systems, three-dimensional scientific visualization of subsurface data and modeling results, and contaminant transport modeling. Phytoremediation system design, bioenergy analysis, assessment of remediation systems and natural attenuation, decision-making for long-term monitoring. Geostatistics and uncertainty assessment, including use of statistical/geostatistical methods in probabilistic estimation of radiologically contaminated soil volumes, modeling of complex aquifer-aquitard relationships, and assessment of flow model uncertainty. Water resources investigations, wellhead protection zone delineation, stormwater and flooding analyses, GIS. Environmental impacts of the energy-water nexus, especially for nuclear power plants, utility-scale solar energy, NORM, oil shale, and tar sands. Project management. State-licensed professional engineer.