Opportunities, Constraints and Change in Reservoir Management

by William K. Johnson, Hydrologic Engineering Cent, Davis, United States,
David T. Ford, Hydrologic Engineering Cent, Davis, United States,
Ralph A. Wurbs, Hydrologic Engineering Cent, Davis, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Policy and Management: Solving the Problems

Abstract: Changing hydrologic, economic, social and environmental conditions have focused attention on the opportunities for changing reservoir management. Such change can occur in three areas. First, there are opportunities to change the way the reservoir stores and controls water. Second, there are opportunities to change the purposes served. And third, the value of the water and the criteria by which reservoir benefits and costs are computed may have changed. Associated with each change are a variety of factors that should be considered. Drawing upon experience with reservoir management of the Missouri and Columbia River systems and reservoirs in California, Texas and other regions, we offer these reflections on the task of changing reservoir management.

Subject Headings: Reservoirs | Change management | Hydrology | Rivers and streams | Control systems | Economic factors | Environmental issues | Social factors | Water storage | North America | United States | California | Missouri | Texas | Missouri River

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