Managing Existing Reservoirs to Meet New Challenges

by Morris Israel, Univ of California, Davis, United States,
Jay R. Lund, Univ of California, Davis, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Resources Planning and Management: Saving a Threatened Resource—In Search of Solutions


The current planning and management environment for many reservoirs differs significantly from the situation which existed when the projects were initially planned and constructed. Yet, in many regards the organization and direction of management has not kept pace with these changes. Because existing reservoirs often form an integral part of a region's economic and social activities, the changed environment provides a number of motivations for examining and updating the operation and management of the facilities to keep them current with local and national water resources needs and social, environmental, and economic concerns. There are important differences between planning for a new project and planning for the modification of an existing project. This paper discusses these differences and the implications they have for planning and evaluating activities.

Subject Headings: Reservoirs | Economic factors | Social factors | Construction management | Water resources | Project management | Business organizations | Existing buildings

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