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), the Santa Ana River Basin (Prado Dam), and the Yuba-Feather River Basins 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.
|Publication Notice: Climate link to Atmospheric Rivers (11/25/13)|
|Partnership with Sonoma County Water Agency (11/21/13)|
|CW3E Hosts Strategic Planning Meeting (10/11/13)|
|Dr. Ralph Addresses at Drought Response Workshop(10/11/13)|
|Test Beds Linking Research and Forecasting(09/10/13)|