Expert Systems Water Management: A Demonstration

by Kenneth M. Strzepek, Univ of Colorado, United States,
Linda Berkowitz, Univ of Colorado, United States,
Larry Eaton, Univ of Colorado, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Planning Now for Irrigation and Drainage in the 21st Century


Expertise is one of the major assets of the Bureau of Reclamation. However, with the current downward trend in government funding, the Bureau is facing an 'expertise crisis'. For example, an early retirement program within the Bureau could potentially cut technical staff by one third, many of them with valuable expertise. Any new hires for the Bureau will most likely have entry level experience, which means they will need time to gain valuable expertise before they can efficiently solve future problems facing the Bureau. The paper discusses how expert systems can play an important role in retaining the Bureau knowledge base and transferring it to new hires. Applications discussed include the municipal water well expert system, and administration of the Reclamation Reform Act.

Subject Headings: Expert systems | Systems management | Water management | Water reclamation | Municipal water | Water resources | Water supply systems | Irrigation systems

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