Prepared by a “new user” for new users, GETTING STARTED: A 3-Scenario Tutorial for New Users (December 2008) is written from the perspective of someone who is trying the Water Balance Model for the first time. The tutorial leads the new user through the scenario comparison process that enables the user to assess the effectiveness of runoff volume reduction choices.
HELPFUL TIP: Create three scenarios: before development; after development, but without source controls; and after development, this time with source controls.
The combination of this tutorial plus the information contained in the HELP icons should address most questions that the first-time user may have about the model and the analytical process. Over time, and as users share their experiences in applying the Water Balance Model, the explanatory information is expected to evolve as may be needed to provide additional clarity.