Institutional Constraints and Evaluation of Potential Management Strategies on the Colorado River System

by Donald K. Frevert, Bureau of Reclamation, River Systems, Management Section, Lakewood, CO, USA,
Darrell G. Fontane, Bureau of Reclamation, River Systems, Management Section, Lakewood, CO, USA,
William L. Lane, Bureau of Reclamation, River Systems, Management Section, Lakewood, CO, USA,
Ronald J. Schuster, Bureau of Reclamation, River Systems, Management Section, Lakewood, CO, USA,
Michael Cowan, Bureau of Reclamation, River Systems, Management Section, Lakewood, CO, USA,
Varawoot Vudhivanich, Bureau of Reclamation, River Systems, Management Section, Lakewood, CO, USA,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Development and Management Aspects of Irrigation and Drainage Systems

Abstract: Management of the Colorado River reservoir system is a complex problem influenced by a number of institutional constraints including interstate compact agreements, international treaties, power supply commitments, and flood control requirements. Although reservoir management decisions are constrained by these factors, some flexibility for these decisions remains and their ramifications are far reaching. Thus, it is important to understand how potential management strategies affect reservoir releases, contents, power generation, and other factors which impact on the agencies, districts, and other entities which depend on this system for their supplies. This paper describes a coordinated study that used two computer models to compare various management strategies.

Subject Headings: River systems | Computer models | Computer programming | Hydrologic models | Model analysis | Reservoirs | Hydrology | Agreements and treaties | Colorado River

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