NID Water Supply and Hydropower Operation Model

by Craig E. Crouch, CH2M Hill, Sacramento, CA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Forum '86: World Water Issues in Evolution


A basic requirement of CH2M HILL's Raw Water Master Plan for Nevada Irrigation District (NID) was to determine the dependable water supply available from the District's Yuba and Bear River facilities. NID diverts water for consumptive use at seven points on the lower two streams. Because the water available to NID is governed by a power generation contract with PG&E use of generalized public-domain reservoir operation computer programs was impractical. Therefore, a monthly water accounting-type computer model was written by CH2M HILL to address the specific needs of the Master Plan, and the unique legal, hydrologic, and physical facets of the NID water supply system.

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