Addressing Central Valley Project Policy Issues Using a General-Purpose Model

by Jean M. Boyer, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Boise, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Policy and Management: Solving the Problems


The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation's Central Valley Project (CVP) in California is constantly undergoing changes in legal mandates and policy objectives. Due to the complex nature of existing and contemplated institutional constraints, sitespecific models have traditionally been used to analyze the impacts of change. This paper describes the use of a general-purpose modeling framework, CALIDAD, for the CVP. CALIDAD is an object-oriented river-basin management tool which allows the analyst to enter complex site-specific policy objectives and institutional constraints into the model using a graphical editor. The model uses a technique called tabu search to determine reservoir release and diversion schedules that either meet the objectives or best meet the objectives if the system is over constrained.

Subject Headings: Water reclamation | Water resources | Resource management | Project management | Hydrologic models | Bureau of Reclamation | Legal affairs | Structural models | California | United States

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