Decision Support System for Conjunctive Use Under Complex Water Right Conditions

by Jeffrey W. Fredericks, Colo. State Univ, Ft. Collins, United States,
John W. Labadie, Colo. State Univ, Ft. Collins, United States,
Jon Altenhofen, Colo. State Univ, Ft. Collins, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Policy and Management: Solving the Problems

Abstract: A prototype microcomputer based decision support system (DSS) is presented for assisting in the conjunctive use management of surface and groundwater under the water rights doctrine of prior appropriation. The DSS is designed as a tool for drought contingency planning, groundwater exchange evaluation, management of recharge and augmentation projects, estimating consequences of groundwater pumping on administration of daily water rights, and regional scale modeling to resolve conflicts between urban and agricultural water users. Geographic information systems are used to interact the DSS with existing hydrologic, meteorologic, groundwater, water diversion and water right data bases. The DSS is tested on a portion of the Lower South Platte River Basin as a case study.

Subject Headings: Groundwater management | Water shortage | Water rights | Decision support systems | Hydrologic models | Rivers and streams | Basins

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