Integration of Project-Scale and Basin-Wide Management: An Application in the Klamath Project

In this project, SEI US refined the model to better simulate these issues under various operational and management strategies. SEI developed a better representation of the choice between the use of surface water and groundwater and of participation in water banking programs.

The Bureau of Reclamation maintains a water resource systems planning model, which simulates the deliveries to the Klamath water irrigation project in the Northwestern United States from three storage reservoirs.

The model is used to simulate total deliveries based on assumption about regulations, but is not well adapted to evaluate the economic and other implications of water allocation among irrigation districts within the project. These implications are of paramount concern to farmers confronting the likely dramatic changes in the future availability of water.

The enhanced model will be used to evaluate the implications of a range of management scenarios.

Client: United States Bureau of Reclamation