Version 3 of the Minimal Impact Design Standards (MIDS) Calculator (Calculator) was updated to Version 4 in Fall, 2020. This page provides a summary of updates from Version 3 to Version 4 of the Calculator.
Version 4 of the Calculator can be downloaded here.
Version 3 files are not compatible with Version 4. You can download Version 4 to your computer without having to replace Version 3. Thus, you may have both Versions 3 and 4 on your machine, allowing you to continue working with Version 3 files while also working with Version 4 files.
|Pollutant removal percent for different pond conditions and design levels|
|Design level||Particulate phosphorus||Dissolved phosphorus||TSS|
|No amendment||With amendment||No amendment||With amendment||No amendment||With amendment|
Users can now specify a constructed stormwater pond with an iron-enhanced filtration bench to allow dissolved phosphorus removal. To achieve this, the Calculator incorporates the same question and same dissolved phosphorus removal percent as for sand filter3 in Version 3:
"Have amendments to attenuate phosphorus been incorporated?"
Although the question does not specify iron as the amendment, iron is the most likely amendment, based on current knowledge and practice. Answering "YES" to the question about an amendment results in dissolved phosphorus reduction of 40 percent. Removal of particulate phosphorus and total suspended solids are unchanged. Design level requirements are the same with or without an amendment. It is assumed that the amendment is incorporated following recommended design, construction, and maintenance guidance in this manual.
For information on using the constructed pond BMP in the Calculator, go to this link.
This change was made in the Calculator because there are numerous ponds constructed with iron benches. Performance results have been mixed, but data suggests that properly designed, constructed, and maintained iron benches retain dissolved phosphorus.
Users can now incorporate intensive green roofs into a green roof design. This change was created by allowing the user to select a media depth greater than 4 inches. When the user specifies a depth greater than 4 inches the following warning appears:
"you have specified an intensive green roof design. See the green roof design section in the Stormwater Manual."
Note that there is some variability in the definition of an intensive green roof in the literature (e.g. 4, 6 or 8 inches being values cited in different references).
Other inputs and restrictions on green roof design are unchanged. For information on using green roof BMPs in the Calculator, go to this link.
To view the green roof section in this manual, link here.
This change was incorporated because there are intensive green roofs and increased media depth has a significant effect on the volume of water that can be retained.
Pollutant removal vales were updated for some BMPs. These changes were based on published research and to improve consistency between the Calculator and values posted in this Manual. An important source of information used in evaluating these data was the International BMP Database (IBMPD).
For bioretention basin with underdrain and tree trench with underdrain, for the question Bioretention planting media mix, add Other. In addition to Mixes A and B, if the user selects Other for media mix, display the cell for the question Is the P content of the media less than 30 mg/kg? (i.e. this cell is greyed out when the user selects Mix C or Mix D).
This change was made because a variety of media mixes are being used in stormwater applications, including site-specific mixes. Phosphorus removal and phosphorus leaching from media is a function of the phosphorus concentration and form of phosphorus in the media. Research suggests that media with a phosphorus concentration greater than about 30 mg/kg will leach phosphorus. This is an area of active research. For more information on engineered media and phosphorus, link here. For more information on compost, which is typically the source of phosphorus leached from engineered media, link here.
For bioretention and tree trench with underdrain, the question Is a soil amendment used to attenuate phosphorus? was changed to Do you have a properly designed phosphorus treatment layer or area in your system (e.g. iron enhanced layer)? and a link is provided to a section discussing layered systems. The change was made to more accurately reflect the systems being built, which to date are exclusively layered systems. For information on layered systems, link here.
In Version 3 of the Calculator, for tree trenches, the User input media depth and this was used to compute the volume of soil accessible by the tree. Because it does not accurately reflect tree rooting depth, this restricted the number of trees that could be incorporated into a BMP. Because tree roots can extend below the media into the underlying soil, this input in the Calculator was changed from media depth to media depth plus underlying soil. This allows the User to correctly simulate the active rooting zone and allows more trees to be incorporated into the design. This in turn affects the volume of water that is intercepted and evapotranspired by trees, thus increasing water retention at a site.
The value for tree interception was updated. When tree interception was initially incorporated into the Minnesota Stormwater Manual and the MIDS Calculator, research was limited. Research conducted over the past 5-10 years indicates the initial values for tree interception were low. MPCA executed a work order to conduct a literature review to determine if the tree interception value in the Calculator should be modified. The Contractor submitted a technical memo to the MPCA, which included the following recommendations.
These changes were incorporated into Version 4 of the Calculator. Combined with the modification for the input on tree media depth and underlying soil (described above), water retention by interception increased significantly, though it still makes up a relatively small amount of retention at a site.
The technical memo referenced above can be found here.
The following additions were made to the Results tab in the Calculator.
For infiltration BMPs (BMPs without an underdrain), if the user answered yes to the question Are you using the calculator to determine compliance with a Construction Stormwater permit? on the Site Information tab, do not allow the user to select D soils. If the user selects a user-defined infiltration rate, ensure this value is >= 0.2 inches per hour.
The Construction Stormwater Permit prohibits infiltration on D soils. For more information, link here.
In Version 3 of the Calculator, runoff that bypassed a BMP with an underdrain or was treated by a non-volume reduction BMP and that was routed to a downstream BMP, was considered to be treated. The result was that the Calculator overestimated pollutant removal for these situations. Because it is challenging to build code into the Excel spreadsheet to account for this, the User is asked to input the percent bypass for a BMP. The User must therefore determine bypass. The following changes were implemented.
The figure on the right illustrates the situation. In condition A, a biofiltration practice (bioretention with underdrain) is sized to meet the MIDS performance goal of 1.1 inches (3993 ft3 of runoff from 1 acre of impervious surface). Some TSS and TP are filtered by the media, and this filtered water is captured by the underdrain and returned to the stormwater conveyance, where it is routed to the downstream infiltration practice. TP and TSS routed to the downstream BMP are 0.60 and 46.3 pounds, respectively. In condition B, the biofiltration basin is sized to treat 25 percent less runoff, with the result that less water is treated and less pollutant removed. TP and TSS routed to the downstream BMP are 0.66 and 50.8 pounds, respectively. No bypass was included for either the adequately sized bmp or the undersized bmp. There is always some bypass for a bmp, even when sized to meet the performance goal. The amount of bypass increases as a practice is undersized. Bypass therefore applies to all sizing conditions, not just undersized practices.
The percent bypass can be determined using the adjacent curves. Identify your performance goal and the sizing of your practice, determine the percent bypass from the curve, and enter that value into the calculator. More detailed information can be found on this page.
The BMPs to which this option applies include bioretention with underdrain, tree trench with underdrain, dry swale with underdrain, constructed pond, constructed wetland, sand filter, and wet swale.
Three design levels were created for sand filters. These are described below. NOTE: PP=particulate phosphorus, DP=dissolved phosphorus, TP=total phosphorus
For each of these design levels, the PP credit was calculated as 55 percent of the TSS credit, based on an assumption that PP is 55 percent of TP and there is no preferential retention of P based on particle size.
The user must also indicate if an amendment to attenuate phosphorus is incorporated into the bmp. The user can select from a dropdown with the following options.
The conditions for Tier 1 and Tier 2 are as follows.
The default is no amendment.
Because of the way swales are configured in the MIDS Calculator, there is a potential for inaccurate accounting of drainage areas. The MIDS Calculator separates swale side slopes and swale main channels into separate best management practices. Consequently, we have observed that Calculator Users will sometimes route watershed acres to both the side slope and the main channel even though these are part of a single swale system. Watershed acres should be routed to either the side slope or the main channel, but not to both.
The reason side slope and main channel are separate in the Calculator, even though they may be part of the same swale system, is because infiltration and pollutant retention calculations differ for the side slope and the main channel. Thus there is a different set of equations for side slope and main channel.
Programming the Calculator so that a single swale system would account for volume and pollutant retention on the side slope and main channel proved challenging, so the alternative was to develop guidance for Users. This guidance on how to design a swale system is found here.
The original work order for Version 4 included some tasks that were not completed due to difficulty in programming them into the MIDS Calculator. Those include the following.