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Title: Modeling the Gila-San Francisco Basin using system dynamics in support of the 2004 Arizona Water Settlement Act.

Abstract

Water resource management requires collaborative solutions that cross institutional and political boundaries. This work describes the development and use of a computer-based tool for assessing the impact of additional water allocation from the Gila River and the San Francisco River prescribed in the 2004 Arizona Water Settlements Act. Between 2005 and 2010, Sandia National Laboratories engaged concerned citizens, local water stakeholders, and key federal and state agencies to collaboratively create the Gila-San Francisco Decision Support Tool. Based on principles of system dynamics, the tool is founded on a hydrologic balance of surface water, groundwater, and their associated coupling between water resources and demands. The tool is fitted with a user interface to facilitate sensitivity studies of various water supply and demand scenarios. The model also projects the consumptive use of water in the region as well as the potential CUFA (Consumptive Use and Forbearance Agreement which stipulates when and where Arizona Water Settlements Act diversions can be made) diversion over a 26-year horizon. Scenarios are selected to enhance our understanding of the potential human impacts on the rivers ecological health in New Mexico; in particular, different case studies thematic to water conservation, water rights, and minimum flow are tested usingmore » the model. The impact on potential CUFA diversions, agricultural consumptive use, and surface water availability are assessed relative to the changes imposed in the scenarios. While it has been difficult to gage the acceptance level from the stakeholders, the technical information that the model provides are valuable for facilitating dialogues in the context of the new settlement.« less

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Sandia National Laboratories
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1044988
Report Number(s):
SAND2012-3220
TRN: US201214%%1062
DOE Contract Number:  
AC04-94AL85000
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; 99 GENERAL AND MISCELLANEOUS//MATHEMATICS, COMPUTING, AND INFORMATION SCIENCE; AVAILABILITY; MANAGEMENT; RIVERS; SANDIA NATIONAL LABORATORIES; SENSITIVITY; SIMULATION; SURFACE WATERS; WATER; WATER RESOURCES; WATER RIGHTS; WATER SUPPLY

Citation Formats

Tidwell, Vincent Carroll, Sun, Amy Cha-Tien, Peplinski, William J., and Klise, Geoffrey Taylor. Modeling the Gila-San Francisco Basin using system dynamics in support of the 2004 Arizona Water Settlement Act.. United States: N. p., 2012. Web. doi:10.2172/1044988.
Tidwell, Vincent Carroll, Sun, Amy Cha-Tien, Peplinski, William J., & Klise, Geoffrey Taylor. Modeling the Gila-San Francisco Basin using system dynamics in support of the 2004 Arizona Water Settlement Act.. United States. doi:10.2172/1044988.
Tidwell, Vincent Carroll, Sun, Amy Cha-Tien, Peplinski, William J., and Klise, Geoffrey Taylor. Sun . "Modeling the Gila-San Francisco Basin using system dynamics in support of the 2004 Arizona Water Settlement Act.". United States. doi:10.2172/1044988. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1044988.
@article{osti_1044988,
title = {Modeling the Gila-San Francisco Basin using system dynamics in support of the 2004 Arizona Water Settlement Act.},
author = {Tidwell, Vincent Carroll and Sun, Amy Cha-Tien and Peplinski, William J. and Klise, Geoffrey Taylor},
abstractNote = {Water resource management requires collaborative solutions that cross institutional and political boundaries. This work describes the development and use of a computer-based tool for assessing the impact of additional water allocation from the Gila River and the San Francisco River prescribed in the 2004 Arizona Water Settlements Act. Between 2005 and 2010, Sandia National Laboratories engaged concerned citizens, local water stakeholders, and key federal and state agencies to collaboratively create the Gila-San Francisco Decision Support Tool. Based on principles of system dynamics, the tool is founded on a hydrologic balance of surface water, groundwater, and their associated coupling between water resources and demands. The tool is fitted with a user interface to facilitate sensitivity studies of various water supply and demand scenarios. The model also projects the consumptive use of water in the region as well as the potential CUFA (Consumptive Use and Forbearance Agreement which stipulates when and where Arizona Water Settlements Act diversions can be made) diversion over a 26-year horizon. Scenarios are selected to enhance our understanding of the potential human impacts on the rivers ecological health in New Mexico; in particular, different case studies thematic to water conservation, water rights, and minimum flow are tested using the model. The impact on potential CUFA diversions, agricultural consumptive use, and surface water availability are assessed relative to the changes imposed in the scenarios. While it has been difficult to gage the acceptance level from the stakeholders, the technical information that the model provides are valuable for facilitating dialogues in the context of the new settlement.},
doi = {10.2172/1044988},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {2012},
month = {4}
}

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