Estimating Lake Inflows for Storage by Linear Programming

by Quentin W. Martin, Lower Colorado River Authority, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Optimizing the Resources for Water Management


The Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) recently completed a Water Management Plan for the lower Colorado River Basin in Texas. In developing the Plan, a daily river flow routing procedure, based on Linear Programming, was used to determine the maximum portion of each estimated daily historical inflow to the reservoirs in the LCRA Highland Lakes which could be held in storage without impacting downstream senior water rights. The Linear Programming procedure is described, and the resulting estimates of inflows available for storage are discussed.

Subject Headings: Computer programming | Inflow | Lakes | Water storage | Linear functions | Rivers and streams | Streamflow | Reservoirs | Colorado River | Texas | United States

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