Simulation of the Stanislaus Project: Performance of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Instream Temperature Model on a Complex System

by Kenneth A. Voos, Woodward-Clyde Consultants, Walnut, Creek, CA, USA,
Wayne S. Lifton, Woodward-Clyde Consultants, Walnut, Creek, CA, USA,
David A. Gilbert, Woodward-Clyde Consultants, Walnut, Creek, CA, USA,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Power '87

Abstract: The primary objective of the study was to characterize the temperature regime of the MFSR Middle Fork Stanislaus River and determine the effect of alternate release flows on stream temperature and consequently fish habitat. A computer version of the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Instream Temperature Model (SNTEMP) (1) was used to predict daily mean and maximum water temperatures that would occur along the MFSR in the vicinity of the Project for a range of release flows under normal and extreme hydrological and meterological conditions. In addition, stream temperature simulations were performed to evaluate the effects of the Oakdale and South San Joaquin Irrigation Districts' Sand Bar Project located immediately upstream of the Sand Bar Reservoir and Diversion Dam.

Subject Headings: Temperature effects | Streamflow | Fish management | Hydrologic models | Rivers and streams | Instream flow | Flow simulation | Computer models

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