### A-18.1, r. 7 - Regulation respecting standards of forest management for forests in the domain of the State

SCHEDULE 3
Peak flow calculation method for drainage basins whose area is equal to or less than 60 km2
The so-called rational method is used to calculate the 10-year interval peak flow. The method was validated for drainage basins whose area is less than 25 km2. Thus, where the area of the drainage basin covers between 25 and 60 km2, the result must be validated in the field by looking for signs indicating the water level reached by the floods of previous years or by establishing a relationship with basins that were measured on the same territory or near it. The steps in the calculation are the following:
1 - Delimitation of the drainage basin;
2 - Calculation of the average slope of the drainage basin;
3 - Identification of the use of the territory and of the surface deposits in the drainage basin;
4 - Calculation of the total area of the basin, of the proportion of each type of surface deposits per land use type and of the percentage of the basin covered by lakes and bare and semi-bare wetlands;
5 - Determination of the watercourse’s length and calculation of the “85-10” slope of the watercourse;
6 - Calculation of the weighted runoff coefficient of the drainage basin;
7 - Calculation of the drainage basin’s concentration time;
8 - Determination of rainfall intensity;
9 -Calculation of the correction coefficient for rainfall intensity;
10 - Determination of the reduction coefficient for peak flow;
11 -Calculation of the 10-year interval peak flow.
Explanation of the steps to be followed with an example:
1 - Delimitation of the drainage basin
The drainage basin that supplies the watercourse with water at the crossing point is delimited using a topographic map at a scale of 1: 20 000. Figure 1 shows, as an example, the delimitation of a drainage basin under study.
2 - Calculation of the average slope of the drainage basin (Sb)
The average slope is calculated using a grid (1 cm X 1 cm) superimposed on the drainage basin. The number of times each horizontal and vertical line of that grid crosses a contour line must be determined. The length of those lines is also recorded. The calculation made to determine the average slope of the drainage basin under study is given in figure 2.
3 - Identification of the use of the territory and of the surface deposits in the drainage basin
With the help of the surface deposit maps, the forest maps and a knowledge of the territory, the use of the lands comprised within the drainage basin must be identified. They may be woodlands, pasturelands or croplands. Then the surface deposits for each land use type must be identified. Bare and semi-bare wetlands must also be located.
Figure 3 identifies the surface deposits and locates the bare and semi-bare wetlands in the drainage basin under study, which is completely wooded.
4 - Calculation of the total area of the basin, of the proportion of each type of surface deposits per land use type and of the percentage of the basin covered by lakes and bare and semi-bare wetlands
In the case of the basin under study, according to figure 3, the results are the following:
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Land use type Identification Area (ha) Proportion
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Wooded 1A 238 57%
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Wooded 1AR 127 31%
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Wooded 2BE 19 5%
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_ Lakes and bare and 30 7%
semi-bare wetlands
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_ Total area 414 100%
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5 - Determination of the watercourse’s length (Lc) and calculation of the “85-10” slope of the watercourse (Sc)
The length of the watercourse is measured from the crossing point, following the course of the main watercourse extended to the watershed divide, that is, to the most distant point in the drainage basin determining the longest route a drop of water must travel to reach the crossing point.
The “85-10” slope of the watercourse is defined as the average slope of the section of the watercourse between 2 points located respectively 10% upstream from the crossing point and 15% downstream from the farthest limit of the drainage basin.
Figure 4 locates the line determining the length of the watercourse (Lc) and figure 5 shows the calculation method for the “85-10” slope of the watercourse (Sc) for the drainage basin under study.
6 - Calculation of the weighted runoff coefficient of the drainage basin (Cp)
Firstly, using table 1, the various types of surface deposits in the drainage basin are classified on a hydrological basis.
TABLE 1
Hydrological classification of surface deposits
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Type of deposits Hydrological
(designation) classification

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lBF, lBP, 2A, 2AE
2AK, 2B, 2BD, 2BE
4GS, 5S, 6, 8E, 8F AB
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lA, lAR, lB, lBD
lBC, 3, 8C
8A B
8AR
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4, 8G BC
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lAA, 4GA, 5A C
R (sedimentary rock1)
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R (crystalline rock2) CD
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1 Sedimentary rock: rock that forms most of the Appalachians and the St. Lawrence lowlands.
2 Crystalline rock: igneous or metamorphic rock, sometimes intrusive, that forms the Canadian Shield.
NOTE: Type 7 deposits are classified as bare and semibare wetlands.
When the hydrological classification of surface deposits is completed, the runoff coefficient for each type of deposit is determined using table 2 based on land use and the average slope of the drainage basin.
TABLE 2
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RUNOFF COEFFICIENTS (C)
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LAND USE TYPE AVERAGE SLOPE
OF DRAINAGE HYDROLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION OF SURFACE DEPOSITS
BASOM (Sb)
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AB B BC C CD
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< 3 % 0.30 0.36 0.41 0.47 0.51
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Croplands 3 à 8 % 0.34 0.43 0.51 0.59 0.67
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> 8 % 0.43 0.51 0.61 0.67 0.73
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< 3 % 0.12 0.17 0.25 0.34 0.43
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Pasturelands 3 à 8 % 0.17 0.25 0.33 0.43 0.51
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> 8 % 0.22 0.39 0.47 0.56 0.64
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< 3 % 0.09 0.15 0.21 0.29 0.37
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Woodlands 3 à 8 % 0.12 0.19 0.26 0.34 0.43
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> 8 % 0.18 0.26 0.34 0.43 0.51
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Lakes and bare
and semi-bare
- wetlands 0.05
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Then the weighted runoff coefficient for the drainage basin may be calculated (Cp). In the case of the basin under study, the data and calculations are the following:
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Land use type Identification Proportion Hydrological Slope of Runoff
of basin classification bassin (Sb) coefficient
(C)

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Woodlands 1A 57% B 0.26
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Woodlands 1AR 31% B > 8% 0.26
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Woodlands 2BE 5% AB 0.18
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Lakes and bare
and semi-bare
- wetlands 7% - - 0.05
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Weighted runoff coefficient (Cp) = (57% X 0.26)
+ (31% X 0.26)
+ (5% X 0.18)
+ (7% X 0.05)
= 0.24
7- Calculation of the drainage basin’s concentration time (tc)
The concentration time of the drainage basin is determined using one of the following 2 formulas:
IF Cp < 0.40
tc = 3.26 (1.1 - Cp) Lc0.5
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Sc0.33
where tc : concentration time (minutes)
Cp : weighted runoff coefficient for the basin
Lc : length of the watercourse (m)
Sc : “85-10” slope of the watercourse ( %)
if Cp ≤ 0.20, Sc minimum to be used = 0.1%
if 0.20 < Cp < 0.40, Sc minimum to be used = 0.5%
tc minimum = 10 minutes
If Cp ≥ 0.40
tc = 0.057 Lc
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Sc0.2 Ab01
where tc : concentration time (minutes)
Lc : length of the watercourse (m)
Sc : "85-10" slope of the watercourse ( %)
Ab : area of the drainage basin (ha)
tc minimum = 10 minutes
In the case of the basin under study, the Cp is equal to 0.24. Consequently, the first formula must be used.
tc = 3.26 (1.1 - 0.24) 36000.5 = 136 minutes
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8 - Determination of rainfall intensity (I)
Rainfall intensity is determined using figures 6 and 7. In figure 6, average total rainfall of a 1-hour duration for the basin under study is indicated by the contour line closest to that basin. Figure 7 indicates the standard deviation for the total rainfall of a 1-hour duration.
The rainfall intensity applicable to the drainage basin is determined as follows:
I = average total rainfall of a 1-hour duration + (1.305 X standard deviation for total rainfall of a 1-hour duration)
In our example, which is located on sheet 21M/6 N.E., the average is 22 mm/hour and the standard deviation is 8 mm/hour. The rainfall intensity applicable to that drainage basin is therefore 32.4 mm/hour, that is, 22 + (1.305 X 8).
9 - Calculation of the correction coefficient for rainfall intensity (Fi)
Depending on the concentration time of the drainage basin, the correction coefficient for rainfall intensity is calculated using one of the following 2 formulas:
Fi = 12.25 for 10 minutes ≤ tc < 60 minutes
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tc0.612
Fi = 17.07 for tc ≥ 60 minutes
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tc0.693
where tc: concentration time (minutes)
In the case of the basin under study, the second formula must be used (tc = 136 minutes).
Fi = 17.07 = 0.567
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136c0.693
10 - Determination of the reduction coefficient for the peak flow (FL)
The retention zones such as lakes and bare and semibare wetlands entail a significant reduction in the peak flow. The reduction coefficient for peak flow is evaluated using the proportion of lakes and bare and semibare wetlands calculated at step 4 and figure 8. In the case of the basin under study, that coefficient is 0.69 (curve B, 7% covered by lakes and bare and semi-bare wetlands).
11 - Calculation of the 10-year interval peak flow (Q10)
That flow is calculated using the following formula:
Q10(m3/s) = Cp Fi I Ab FL
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where
Cp = Weighted runoff coefficient for the drainage basin
Fi = Correction coefficient for rainfall intensity
I = Rainfall intensity (mm/hour)
Ab = Area of the drainage basin (ha)
FL = Reduction coefficient for peak flow
For the basin under study, Q10 = 0.24 × 0.567 × 32.4 × 414 × 0.69
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Q10 = 3.5 m3/s
Figure 1
Delimitation of a drainage basin at the crossing point of a watercourse
Figure 2
Calculation of the average slope of the drainage basin (Sb)
Figure 3
Identification of surface deposits in the drainage basint
Figure 4
Determination of the watercourse’s length (Lc)
Figure 5
Calculation of the «85-10» slope of the watercourse (Sc)
Figure 6
Isohyet of the average total rainfall (mm) of a 1-hour duration
Figure 7
Isohyet of the standard deviation for total rainfall (mm) of a 1-hour duration
Figure 8
Routing effect of lakes and bare and semi-bare wetlands
O.C. 498-96, Sch. 3.