Optimization and Reservoir Operations for the Missouri River

by Inês C. L. Ferreira, Univ of California, Davis, United States,
Jay R. Lund, Univ of California, Davis, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Policy and Management: Solving the Problems

Abstract: As demands placed on the operation of the nation's reservoirs increase, the problem of finding the most desirable set of operation plans becomes more difficult and controversial. This has been the case with the main stem Missouri River system, whose operation has been affected by recent designation of threatened and endangered species, a major drought, and increasing recreational, water supply, and irrigation uses. This paper presents application of optimization and simulation techniques to operating rule development for the main stem Missouri River system. The methodology is simple: network flow programming followed by simple data manipulation and simulation modeling.

Subject Headings: Reservoirs | Rivers and streams | Hydrologic models | Water shortage | Flow simulation | Data processing | River systems | Water-based recreation | Missouri River

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