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Using RiverWare as a real time river systems management tool




Frevert, Donald, author
King, David, author
U.S. Committee on Irrigation and Drainage, publisher

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RiverWare has been used as a reservoir operation and river systems management tool by the Bureau of Reclamation, Tennessee Valley Authority and a number of other water resources management agencies and organizations for nearly 10 years. Development, maintenance and enhancement of RiverWare's capabilities is handled by the University of Colorado's Center for Advanced Decision Support for Water and Environmental Systems (CADSWES). Basins where RiverWare is presently utilized include the Colorado, Rio Grande, Truckee, Yakima and Tennessee Valley. RiverWare is currently being implemented on Cottonwood and Huntington Creek drainages located in Emery County in central Utah (see Figure 1). An effort is planned to operate a RiverWare model on a near real-time basis. The Emery County Project, a Federal water project operated by the Emery Water Conservancy District, includes a transbasin diversion from Cottonwood Creek to Huntington Creek. Recently, a non-Federal reservoir basin in the Huntington Creek watershed has started to leak, exporting water to drainage outside the county. This situation has put pressure on all the water users and threatens water rights. The implementation of RiverWare will hopefully help to determine the magnitude of the loss and provide a mechanism to improve river operations and ameliorate the situation.


Presented at SCADA and related technologies for irrigation district modernization: a USCID water management conference on October 26-29, 2005 in Vancouver, Washington.

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