Seasonal Rule Curve Reservoir Operation

by Ralph A. Wurbs, Texas A&M Univ, College Station, TX, USA,
Michael N. Tibbets, Texas A&M Univ, College Station, TX, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering Hydrology


This paper addresses the potential for increasing the beneficial use of existing reservoirs in the state of Texas through seasonal rule curve release policies. Seasonally varying operating procedures have been adopted to only a very limited extent in the state. Although seasonal variations in risk of flooding, flood damage susceptibility, water supply demands, and streamflow availability occur, the time periods when flood control and conservation storage are most needed significantly overlap. However, seasonal rule curve operation is concluded to offer significant potential for improving surface water management in the state in those situations in which needs for flood control and conservation purposes are severely taxing the available storage capacity.

Subject Headings: Floods | Water conservation | Water storage | Seasonal variations | Curvature | Reservoirs | Risk management | Damage (structural) | Texas | United States

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