Hydro Models and Salmon Recovery in the Northwest

by Ken Dragoon, Hydro Resource Analysis Section, Portland, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Management in the '90s: A Time for Innovation


Hydro regulation models provide extensive support for analyzing the efficacy of salmon recovery plans in the Northwest. Power planners developed these computer programs to help plan and efficiently operate a large multiple use river system. The models represent physical relationships and operational requirements on the system. They also simulate coordinated system operations for efficient power generation. These models are being pressed into service to provide data for fish recovery plans. They provide important information about hydro system capabilities and responses to recovery programs. However, the models cannot meet all of the analytical needs of fish biologists working toward salmon recovery.

Subject Headings: Computer models | Mathematical models | Fish and fishery management | Simulation models | Hydrologic models | Hydro power | Environmental engineering

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