Developing a New Methodology to Determine Economic Consequences of Mishaps Along Urbanized Canals with Customized Loss Estimation Software and Referencing High Resolution Imagery and LIDAR Acquired During a Canal Breach

Project ID: 8621
Principal Investigator: Bill Goettlicher
Research Topic: Public and Employee Safety
Funded Fiscal Years: 2010
Keywords: None

Research Question

* In light of the fact many canals are located in highly urbanized areas, and that canal breaches have occurred in some of these areas, is there a proactive methodology that could identify and quantify areas of greatest economic consequence in the event of a canal breach?

Provide this information to local Reclamation offices to aid in prioritizing preventative maintenance and resources.

Need and Benefit

As events occurred in 2008 with canal failures, it was apparent that there was a lack of information readily available to Reclamation managers and policy office personnel. There does not seem to be a Reclamation-wide database of canal inventory, and even less information about economic consequences along the canal system. This research would utilize American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) imagery to provide a standard process to potentially gather this information for the entire urbanized canal network.

Contributing Partners

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Research Products

Bureau of Reclamation Review

The following documents were reviewed by experts in fields relating to this project's study and findings. The results were determined to be achieved using valid means.

Projecting Economic Consequences of Urban Canal Breaches (final, PDF, 531KB)
By Bill Goettlicher
Publication completed on September 30, 2010

This bulletin summarizes the research results and potential application to Reclamation's mission.

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