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Watershed hydrology assessment for the Lower Colorado River Basin. Appendix D: RiverWare analyses

January 1, 2024

RiverWare is a river system modeling tool developed by CADSWES (Center of Advanced Decision Support for Water and Environmental Systems) that allows the user to simulate complex reservoir operations and perform period-of-record analyses for different scenarios. For the InFRM hydrology studies, RiverWare is used to generate a homogeneous regulated POR by simulating the basin as if the reservoirs and their current rule sets had been present in the basin for the entire time period. Statistical analyses can then be performed on the extended records at the gages. This report summarizes the RiverWare portion of the hydrologic analysis being completed for the InFRM Hydrology study of the Colorado River Basin.

The RiverWare model described in this chapter presents development of the Colorado River Basin hydrology, which mimics current operational conditions. The use of the RiverWare program allows for data extension to periods prior to dam construction. The utilization of longer gage record improves discharge frequency results and increases the confidence of the analysis being performed. The modeling evaluation criteria are: (1) evaluate output based on validating policies and functions, and (2) prioritize operation based on surcharge and flood control. A detailed explanation of the Colorado River Basin POR hydrology will be in a later section.

Calibration results will also be shown that illustrate the overall model performance for the POR. The time window simulation run is for January 01, 1930 – September 30, 2019. This time window captures all big events occurred over the Colorado River basin. Each simulated water year was inspected individually to better validate the results.

Historical pool elevations along with observed inflows and outflows were compared against the model simulated results.

Publication Year 2024
Title Watershed hydrology assessment for the Lower Colorado River Basin. Appendix D: RiverWare analyses
Authors David Wallace, Kara M. Watson
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype Federal Government Series
Series Title Interagency Flood Risk Management Report
Index ID 70250999
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Lower Mississippi-Gulf Water Science Center; Oklahoma-Texas Water Science Center