WMS:Colorado State Lag Time Equation

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An equation used to compute lag time for watersheds in the Denver Colorado area was developed at Colorado State University. This equation was primarily used for watersheds in which there was some amount of developed land. It is not valid for watersheds with less than 10 percent impervious area (Ia). The equation uses a runoff coefficient which represents variations in topography. This coefficient can also be used to compute the peaking factor using the relationship shown in the chart below.

C_t = \frac {7.81}{I_a ^{0.78}}

T_{LAG} = C_t (L \ast L_{ca})^{0.3}


Ct = coefficient of watershed topography based on impervious area.
Ia = percentage of impervious area in the watershed (must be defined in the HEC-1 Loss methods).
TLAG = watershed lag time in hours.
L = maximum flow path length in miles.
Lca = length to the centroid in miles.
Graph for Determining the Peaking Coefficient Cp from Ct.

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