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Session C1- Developing an optimization model for reservoir operation on the Connecticut River explicitly including fish flows

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Reservoir development on the Connecticut River Basin has altered the natural hydrograph and detrimentally affected the region's aquatic ecosystems that thrive on natural streamflow variability. This paper presents the use of computer simulation and optimization models to develop alternative reservoir management options and to evaluate the impacts of climate change and climate variability. A primary goal of the study, funded by the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Nature Conservancy, is to examine ways in which flows in the river and its tributaries can be returned to a more natural regime without negatively impacting other user users. This paper begins by introducing the problems faced in the basin. It then describes a number of stakeholder engagement efforts that were used. Next, the paper describers the decision support tools that were developed. The primary institutions that are engaged in this process are also described. Finally, the paper describes the results of the study to date and future research is described.
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2011-06-27
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