Development of a Hydrological Database for PROSIM?A Water Rights-Based Operational Simulation Model of the Provo River

by Steven M. Thurin, Montgomery Watson, Walnut Creek, United States,
Paul C. Summers, Montgomery Watson, Walnut Creek, United States,
P. Kirt Carpenter, Montgomery Watson, Walnut Creek, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Management of Irrigation and Drainage Systems: Integrated Perspectives


The development of a hydrological database for a computer model of the hydrology, water rights, and operations of the Provo and Weber rivers is described. The model uses all pertinent meteorological, hydrological, land use, and system facility data to establish the natural or virgin hydrology of the 700 square mile Provo basin and upper 1,600 square miles of the Weber basin. Water rights information is combined with a detailed investigation of institutional arrangements and procedures, to describe the operational priorities of the system to the computer model. The complex operation of the Provo River System will be significantly influenced by the completion and operation of Jordanelle Reservoir, by irrigation changes associated with Jordanelle operation, and by increasing demands for water by Wasatch Front municipal and industrial water users. At the same time, reliable data and information on the hydrology of the Basin are not available or not readily usable. The use of a reliable model and hydrologic database permits analysis of the viability of various irrigation system changes, water right purchase options, or other operational or structural changes. The model results provide essential environmental information for use in evaluating the impacts of proposed new projects.

Subject Headings: Computer models | Hydrologic models | Simulation models | Hydrologic data | Water rights | Rivers and streams | Irrigation systems | Utah | United States

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