Forecast Informed Reservoir Operations

FIRO is a proposed management strategy that uses data from watershed monitoring and modern weather and water forecasting to help water managers selectively retain or release water from reservoirs in a manner that reflects current and forecasted conditions.

FIRO is being developed and tested as a collaborative effort focused on Lake Mendocino that engages experts in civil engineering, hydrology, meteorology, biology, economics and climate from several federal, state and local agencies, universities and others.


Executive Summary
Preliminary Viability Assessment
Watershed Characteristics and Challenges
Interagency Cooperation

Jay Jasperse

(Sonoma Water)

F. Martin Ralph

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

Michael Anderson

(California State Climate Office, Department of Water Resources)

Levi Brekke

(Bureau of Reclamation)

Michael Dettinger

(United States Geologic Survey)

Nick Malasavage

(US Army Corps of Engineers)

Alan Haynes

(Caifornia Nevada River Forecast Center, NWS)

Joseph Forbis

(US Army Corps of Engineers)

Natalie Manning

(NOAA Restoration Center)

Cary Talbot

(US Army Corps of Engineers)

Robert Webb

(NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory)

Arleen O’Donnell

(Eastern Research Group)

Ann Dubay

(Sonoma Water)

David Ford

(David Ford Consulting)

Rob Hartman

(RKH Consulting Services)

Sixth Annual Forecast Informed Reservoir Operations (FIRO) Workshop

Come learn about and share recent applications of FIRO, exciting new science advancements in understanding atmospheric rivers, status of FIRO projects in California and the Western U.S., and economic benefits of FIRO. This is a highly collaborative and interdisciplinary gathering where you can network with government officials, leading scientists, practitioners, and enjoy a fantastic view of the Pacific Ocean!

There is no registration fee this year, thanks to the generous sponsorship of Scripps Institution of Oceanography Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes and Sonoma Water.

Seaside Forum
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
8610 Kennel Way
La Jolla, CA
Parking Map

Hotel: There is a room block at Hotel La Jolla (7955 La Jolla Shores Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037). If reserving a room online enter booking code FIROC in the “Group Code” field. Bookings can also be made by phone at 1-800-HILTONS and referencing “CW3E FIRO Workshop.” The cutoff date for the room block is Friday, July 12th, 2019. Amenities include:

  • Two complimentary drink certificates per room
  • Valet-only parking discounted to $27
  • Complimentary guest room Wi-Fi
  • Use of 24-hour state of the art fitness center & heated swimming pool
  • Complimentary morning coffee & tea in lobby until 10am, daily
  • Complimentary use of hotel beach cruiser bicycles

Poster Session: We will be hosting a poster session again this year! If you are interested in submitting a poster please reply yes when registering and fill in the required information. We are planning a sponsored poster session reception to feature your projects and promote networking.