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.
(California Department of Water Resources)
(Orange County Water Distrcit)
F. Martin Ralph
(Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes at Scripps Institution of Oceanography)
(US Army Corps of Engineers)
Ninth Annual Forecast Informed Reservoir Operations (FIRO) Workshop
August 2-4, 2022
La Jolla, CA
At the workshop we will take stock of progress to date, and explore climate change aspects of FIRO, advancements in forecasting, integrating FloodMAR and FIRO (FIROMAR) and some exciting progress in future FIRO efforts. Side sessions delving into technical topics will also be offered before and after the workshop.
Click here to view presentations from the 2022 FIRO Workshop.
This workshop is invitation only. If you are interested in participating and did not receive the invitation, please contact Lillian Gilmore.
FIRO Workshop Steering Committee
Marty Ralph, Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Cary Talbot, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineer Research and Development Center
Don Seymour, Sonoma Water
Greg Woodside, Orange County Water District
John James, Yuba Water Agency
John Leahigh, California Department of Water Resources
Dustin Jones, California Department of Water Resources