Geographic Information Systems in Water Resources Management

by Paul A. Weghorst, Bureau of Reclamation, Denver, United States,
Jack Cunningham, Bureau of Reclamation, Denver, United States,
Behrooz Mortazavi, Bureau of Reclamation, Denver, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Engineering


The management of surface and ground water resources within Southern California is increasingly difficult. As population expands, municipal demands for water are increasing. At the same time, supplies have remained fixed. Local water management agencies, with the assistance of the Bureau of Reclamation, are exploring new ways to more effectively manage the areas water resources. Within the Santa Ana River Basin, located southeast of Los Angeles, a Geographic Information System (GIS) is under development that will be used in the management of local and imported water resources. The GIS will provide the ability to evaluate historic and present conditions with respect to water quantity, water quality, and land use. A relational database management system is being applied for the purpose of storage and maintenance of enormous quantities of information available to the GIS.

Subject Headings: Water resources | Geographic information systems | Water quality | Information systems | Water management | Water pollution | Resource management | California | United States | Los Angeles

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