Water Resource Modeling and Consensus Building

by Steven M. Thurin, (M.ASCE), Montgomery Watson, Inc, Walnut Creek, United States,
Rick J. Cox, (M.ASCE), Montgomery Watson, Inc, Walnut Creek, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Policy and Management: Solving the Problems


The steps undertaken to develop consensus with respect to analyzing a complex and competitive water resources/water rights situation through the development of a simulation model are described. The processes used to include elements of the environmental and water users communities are presented. Trust-building amongst competing water users and environmental groups is critical to the acceptance of simulated model results. Without involvement of the water community in the model development, the results will not accurately reflect the true operations of the system and will likely be rejected by those who should benefit from the model development.

Subject Headings: Water resources | Model accuracy | Hydrologic models | Team building | Water rights | Building management | Environmental issues | Legislation

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