Establishing a Drought Reserve Policy for the Monterey Peninsula Water Management Districtby James R. Cofer, Monterey Peninsula Water Management, District, Monterey, United States,
Darby W. Fuerst, Monterey Peninsula Water Management, District, Monterey, United States,
Abstract: The Monterey Peninsula Water Management District was created by the California Legislature in 1977 for the purpose of developing an integrated management program for all of the water resources of the Monterey Peninsula area. The District boundaries encompass the cities of Carmel-by-the Sea, Del Rey Oaks, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Sand City, Seaside and portions of Monterey County, primarily in Carmel Valley. A key element in the District's water management programs and strategies has been the development of a policy of creating a `Drought Reserve' in the development of new water supplies and the release of new water connections. As a result of the Drought Reserve Policy, up to one-half of new water supplies have been allocated to Drought Reserve and have not been allowed for the issuance of new water connections. The Carmel Valley Simulation Model (CVSIM) is a family of computer-based simulation models developed by the District to evaluate the daily performance of the water resources systems under varying physical, structural, and operational conditions. The CVSIM was used in the development of a Drought Reserve Policy and the testing of alternative water supply projects capability of achieving the desired `Drought Reserve' protection. This paper presents a description of the Carmel Valley Simulation Model (CVSIM) and includes a discussion of the use of the model in the development of a Drought Reserve Policy. Results from model studies of conjunctive operation of surface storage, groundwater systems, and seawater desalination projects are reported in the paper.
Subject Headings: Droughts | Computer models | Water resources | Simulation models | Hydrologic models | North America | California | United States
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