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

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