Keeping Your Assets Above Water – Forecast-informed reservoir operations to help deal with climate change impacts
Vice President, Water/Wastewater Business Development at Parsons Corp.
Tuesday, June 21st Noon-1PM
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Climate change and its impact on water supplies is obviously a hot topic in today’s news, especially as agencies look again towards mandatory water conservation measures and cutbacks in water deliveries for a broad range of uses. One of the most hotly debated topics is the subject of water storage. We hear a lot about the potential for new dams, and that is certainly worth discussing, but we are only recently looking at opportunities to manage our existing dams and reservoirs differently in order to maximize their water storage capabilities.
We are looking at a paradigm shift in the way things have been done over the last hundred years or more, and now water managers are looking at applying technology (such as the newly coined “Forecast Informed Reservoir Operations” or “FIRO” programs), or through changes in operations, such as the restoration of the water storage capacity of the existing dams that has been lost through sedimentation. Fortunately, there are now examples throughout the state of initial efforts to address this challenge.
This presentation provides several examples of how communities are preparing (or not) for the anticipated effects climate change and the “new normal” of expected water supplies and storage. We will consider the environmental and social impacts, as well as potential impacts to flood protection and hydropower energy production that might result from a paradigm shift in future reservoir and water storage operations.
The California Lake Management Society facilitates short web-based seminars discussing various lake management techniques and principles, they are open to anyone who would like to listen in or participate. Be sure to subcribe to the CALMS Newsletter to receive updates about upcoming webinar events, with instructions for how to join them.
We also host links to other lake management webinars, such as the "Mercury in Reservoirs" series from USGS.
Check out our YouTube Channel to view recordings of recent webinars and other presentations.
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July 28, 2021
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May 6, 2021
Presenter: Nina Levin
March 30, 2021
Presenter: Austin Baldwin
June 17, 2020
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May 20, 2020
Presenter: Keith Bouma-Gregson
April 20, 2020
Presenter: Martin W. McCann, Jr.
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Application of Satellite Remote Sensing for Routine Monitoring of Water Quality in Water-Utility Lakes and Reservoirs
Presenter: Seyoum Gebremariam
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Climate Change Effects at Higher Elevations
Presenter: Tim Caldwell
March 6, 2019
USGS "Mercury in Reservoirs" Series
Seven webinars, Topics include mercury sources from historical gold mining, mercury methylation and bioaccumulation in food webs, management tools, and current scientific studies in California and elsewhere in the western U.S. that are addressing mercury issues.
February 14 - May 2, 2018
Managing Aquatic Invasives In Your Lake
Presenters: "Quagga D" Davis & Debi DeShon
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Lake Maintenance Guidance
Presenters: Laura Styles & Tracy Barreau
Tuesday March 29, 2016