Modeling the Operation of a Water Quality Reservoir and its Effect on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

by Richard A. Denton, Contra Costa Water District, Concord, United States,
Gregory Gartrell, Contra Costa Water District, Concord, United States,
Austin W. Nelson, Contra Costa Water District, Concord, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Engineering

Abstract: The methodology used to model the operation of a 100,000 acre-feet (123 million cubic meter) water quality reservoir in Contra Costa County, California is described. Planning studies integrated the modeling of California statewide water resources, salinity transport in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and the daily operations of the reservoir and conveyance systems. The studies, based on a 57-year sequence of historical hydrology, indicate that this project will not have significant impacts on Delta flows and water quality and can be operated to provide a net benefit to fish and wildlife.

Subject Headings: Hydrologic models | Water quality | Water supply | Reservoirs | Salt water intrusion | Model analysis | Water resources | North America | California | United States | Sacramento

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