Energy-Water-Salinity: Upper Colorado River Basin

by Marshall Flug, (M.ASCE), Asst. Prof.; Soils, Water, and Engrg. Dept., Univ. of Arizona, Tucson, Ariz.,
Gaylord V. Skogerboe, (M.ASCE), Prof.; Agricultural and Chemical Engrg. Dept., Colorado State Univ., Fort Collins, Colo.,
Wynn R. Walker, (M.ASCE), Assoc. Prof.; Agricultural and Chemical Engrg. Dept., Colorado State Univ., Fort Collins, Colo.,


Serial Information: Journal of the Water Resources Planning and Management Division, 1979, Vol. 105, Issue 2, Pg. 305-315


Document Type: Journal Paper

Abstract: Coal, oil shale, and uranium resource developments in the Upper Colorado River Basin are expected to consume large amounts of water that will alter both the quantity and quality of downstream flows. An evaluation of the water resource impacts from alternative energy developments will assure a continued high level of water use throughout the Colorado River. A mathematical model that simulates the salt and water exchange phase of potential fuel conversions has been developed. The analysis is based on a subbasin division of the Upper Colorado River Basin utilizing a minimum cost linear programming algorithm. Model results are presented for minimum cost energy developments, marginal value of water, and impacts of interstate water transfers.

Subject Headings: Rivers and streams | Basins | Water resources | Hydrologic models | Mathematical models | Salt water | Water quality | Hydro power | Colorado River

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