Managing California’s Limited Water Supply: Improvements to the Sacramento River Drought Water Rights Allocation Tool
January 11th, 2017 1:00 - 2:00PM
Bonnie Magnuson-Skeels, UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences
Wesley Walker, UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences
The current drought in California has renewed discussion about how to curtail water rights when demand for surface water exceeds availability. Optimizing water curtailment efforts is critical for maintaining the ecological and economic health of our state. In this webinar speakers will present the Sacramento River Drought Water Rights Allocation Tool (DWRAT). DWRAT can be used to optimize water rights curtailments based the spatial and temporal variability of water demands, priority of rights, and hydrology. The speakers will highlight the results of recent efforts to improve the natural flow model for dry years in the Sacramento watershed using machine learning techniques. The work discussed in this webinar seeks to improve the accuracy of the hydrologic predictions, making DWRAT more useful for informing water rights curtailment decisions and estimating water availability during drought.