Forecast Informed Reservoir Operations

FIRO is a reservoir-operations strategy that better informs decisions to retain or release water by integrating additional flexibility in operation policies and rules with enhanced monitoring and improved weather and water forecasts (American Meteorological Society; 2020).

FIRO is being developed and tested as a collaborative effort in the Russian River Basin (Lake Mendocino, Lake Sonoma), the Santa Ana River Basin (Prado Dam, Seven Oaks Dam), the Yuba-Feather River Basins and the Green River (Howard Hanson Dam) that engages experts and stakeholders in civil engineering, hydrology, meteorology, biology, economics and climate from several federal, state and local, universities and others. There is significant interest and support for developing FIRO at other appropriate locations in the Western U.S. and elsewhere.

FIRO Colloquium
FIRO Workshop

F. Martin Ralph

(Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes at Scripps Institution of Oceanography)

Cary Talbot

(US Army Corps of Engineers)

Adam Hutchinson

Orange County Water District

Don Seymour

(Sonoma Water)

Jay Jasperse

Sonoma Water

John Leahigh

(California Department of Water Resources)

Dustin Jones

(California Department of Water Resources)

John James

(Yuba Water)

Heather Dyer

San Bernardino Municipal Water District

Greg Volkhardt

Tacoma Water

Tenth Annual Forecast Informed Reservoir Operations (FIRO) Workshop

Scripps Seaside Forum

Scripps Institution of Oceanography

8610 Kennel Way

La Jolla, CA

Workshop Theme: What have we learned? How is FIRO being applied? Where are we going?

A room block has been reserved at San Diego Marriott La Jolla (4240 La Jolla Village Drive La Jolla, California 92037), to book using the group code click here.

For a list of CW3E recommended hotels click here.

Parking at the Forum will be extremely limited and therefore it is advised to arrange carpool, rideshare, or walk if at all possible. Illegal parking is heavily monitored and ticketed. We will have parking permits available for speakers, however we cannot guarantee parking for Day 1. Please reach out if you have extenuating circumstances and need additional assistance. Side-street parking is free and available, but it is first come-first serve, and not guaranteed.

FIRO Workshop Steering Committee

Marty Ralph – Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Center for Weather and Water Extremes

Cary Talbot – Engineer Research and Development Center, US Army Corps of Engineers

Adam Hutchinson – Orange County Water District

Don Seymour – Sonoma Water

Jay Jasperse – Sonoma Water

John Leahigh – CA DWR

Dustin Jones – CA DWR

John James – Yuba Water

Heather Dyer – San Bernardino Municipal Water District

Greg Volkhardt – Tacoma Water