Indirect Estimates of Reservoir Water Storage

  • Reduction-to-Practice Challenge

    Poster image of reservoir.

    Launch: February 22, 2017

    Close: May 22, 2017

    InnoCentive Overview

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    Accumulating sediments pose a significant problem for Reclamation in determining how to measure reservoir storage capacities.

    Sediment deposition in reservoirs - or the accumulation of particles like pebbles, sand, mud, and salts carried by wind, water, or ice - limits the active life of reservoirs by reducing storage capacities and impacting structures, such as water outlets and intakes.

    Developing an efficient and accurate indirect estimate model of reservoir storage would result in a significant better, faster, and cheaper solution and support Reclamation in meeting water and power deliveries now and into the future.

Last Updated: 2/21/18