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An optimization model (i.e., decision support model) identifies the set of water conservation projects that will deliver the greatest progress towards restoring natural flow regimes for a given budget (the “biggest bang for the buck”). The locations of potential investments in our model corresponds to each of the existing water permit locations in the basin; at each location, the potential projects that might be completed will include all feasible water conservation strategies (e.g., both voluntary incentive-based programs and water rights acquisition).
These datasets for the Red River were drawn from recent large-scale hydrologic modeling studies of the basin and agency reports. McPherson et al. (2016) generated down-scaled estimates of air temperature and precipitation for historical time series and for future climate scenarios across the Red River basin. This study also provided runoff estimates, reservoir storage volumes and capacities, and historical water usage from each reservoir in a RiverWare model. Xue et al. (2015) incorporated the downscaled outputs of temperature and precipitation from McPherson et al. (2016) as inputs to a basin-wide rainfall-runoff hydrologic model (VIC model). Water rights data were compiled from the Texas Commission on Environmental...
The Red River Basin is a vital source of water in the South Central U.S., supporting ecosystems, drinking water, agriculture, tourism and recreation, and cultural ceremonies. Stretching from the High Plains of New Mexico eastward to the Mississippi River, the Red River Basin encompasses parts of five states – New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana. In the Red River Basin, resource managers face the challenge of allocating scarce water resources among competing uses, but they lack a systematic framework for comparing the costs and benefits of proposed water management decisions and conservation actions. In 2016, researchers worked with the Great Plains LCC to develop a decision support model for identifying...
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