Assessment of Water-Shortage Risks Under Various Use Options for Cedar Bluff Reservoir

by Yun-Sheng Yu, Univ of Kansas, Dep of Civil, Engineering, Lawrence, KS, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Abstract: Cedar Bluff Reservoir is located on the Smoky Hill River near Arnold, Kansas, with a drainage area of 5,530 mi**2. The reservoir was originally built for flood control, irrigation and sedimentation. However, acute shortages of water for irrigation in recent years have raised questions concerning future policies for the reservoir management. This paper evaluates the long-term performance of the Cedar Bluff Reservoir under various water-use options by stochastic simulation. In particular, the risks of water shortages and the frequency distributions of the pool level are determined.

Subject Headings: Reservoirs | Risk management | Water use | Water shortage | Water policy | Frequency distribution | Management methods | North America | Kansas | United States

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