Modeling of Reservoir Operations for Managing Ecological Interests

by Marshall Flug, Colorado State Univ, Water Resources, Lab, Fort Collins, CO, USA,
Dennis Morrow, Colorado State Univ, Water Resources, Lab, Fort Collins, CO, USA,
Darrell G. Fontane, Colorado State Univ, Water Resources, Lab, Fort Collins, CO, USA,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computer Applications in Water Resources

Abstract: A network simulation model is applied to a three reservoir system to analyze the effects of alternative operating policies in response to such seasonal water demands as hydropower, pollution abatement, recreation, fish spawning, and wild rice propagation. The model (MODSIM) employs an out-of-kilter optimization technique embedded within the network simulation. An application to Lake of the Woods Basin along the Minnesota-Canadian border, which encompasses Voyageurs National Park, is provided. Present-day regulation is in compliance with rule curves established under authority of the International Joint Commission. The simulation model is used to analyze the effects of changes to these rules of regulation.

Subject Headings: Simulation models | Hydrologic models | Reservoirs | Water pollution | System analysis | Water-based recreation | Optimization models | Basins

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