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.

Russian River
Prado Dam
FIRO Colloquium
FIRO Workshop

John James

(Yuba Water)

Dustin Jones

(California Department of Water Resources)

John Leahigh

(California Department of Water Resources)

F. Martin Ralph

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

Don Seymour

(Sonoma Water)

Cary Talbot

(US Army Corps of Engineers)

Greg Woodside

(Orange County Water Distrcit)

Tenth Annual Forecast Informed Reservoir Operations (FIRO) Workshop

Scripps Seaside Forum

Scripps Institution of Oceanography

8610 Kennel Way

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.

A room block will be reserved at Hotel La Jolla, more information will be available soon.

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