Optimal Weekly Operation of a System of Three Multipurpose Reservoirs

by Alberto Rodriguez, Univ of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, USA,
Yun-Sheng Yu, Univ of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Forum '86: World Water Issues in Evolution


Marion, Council Grove, and John Redmond Lakes located in the Upper Neosho-Cottonwood River basin are an integral part of the State Water Marketing Program of Kansas. In addition to water supply, these reservoirs are also used for flood control, streamflow regulation, recreation, fish and wildlife. The purpose of this study was to determine and evaluate the optimal weekly operation of the system under three alternative policies: all reservoirs have equal priority; instream flows have high priority over reservoir contents; reservoirs have unequal priority. The reservoir operation problem is formulated as a cost minimization problem of a closed network with no external flows. The mathematical model incorporates the zoning concept, the rule curves and the priority order specified in operating policies.

Subject Headings: Reservoirs | Optimization models | Mathematics | Mathematical models | Marketing | Water-based recreation | Streamflow | Water policy | Kansas | United States

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