Reservoir Series

How are U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reservoirs performing under changing conditions?

1. Creating Data as a Service for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Reservoirs

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2. A Nationwide Analysis of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Reservoir Performance

Visualizing U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Reservoir Data

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How are conditions changing that may be affecting reservoir operations?

3. Managing Rivers Under Changing Environmental and Societal Boundary Conditions, Part 1: National Trends and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Reservoirs

Trends Across the Nation

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4. Managing Rivers Under Changing Environmental and Societal Boundary Conditions, Part 2: Expected Compared With Experienced Conditions at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Reservoirs

Expected Compared with Experienced Conditions at Nine U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Reservoirs

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How is the Corps adapting reservoir operations to meet changing conditions?

5. Federal Decentralization and Adaptive Management of Water Resources: Reservoir Reallocation by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Reservoir operations must respond to changing conditions, such as climate, water demand, regulations, and sedimentation. Corps Districts and Divisions are adapting to changing conditions different. Some rely on reallocations while others rely on discretionary authority and temporary deviations. The differences in response reflect the decentralized decision-making the Corps relies on to respond to disparate condition. However, this can lead to drift from formal management operations, rather than a formal adaptation through reallocation (a resource intensive process). The challenge for any large water resource management agency is to balance between local-level, responsive discretion vs centralized, planned decision-making.