This study tests the efficacy of using medium class land cover maps vs. the large class maps produced by the Korean Ministry of Environment for prediction of flow and CBOD, TN and TP concentrations. AVSWAT2000 was chosen as a model to process information for a sample site, Yongdam Lake watershed area, Korea. The watershed was divided into 11 sub-watersheds, as was done for implementation of the Total Waste Load Management Act by the Korean government. Calibration of AVSWAT2000 was performed using a trial-and-error method, by comparing the root mean square errors of the observed data and calculated results. This study suggests that AVSWAT2000 can be successfully applied in estimating pollutant load considering hydrologic and site-specific conditions of watersheds. With further study, this approach may be applied to improve watershed-scale water quality management strategies, especially for TMDL developments.

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