Colorado Decision Support Systems

Lynker staff have completed a number of contracts related to the development and implementation of decision support systems for the State of Colorado’s Water Conservation Board (CWCB). Among these efforts are the

1) Water Rights Model of Colorado Water District 6 for the South Platte DSS, a DSS component that captures the hundreds of water rights diversions and operations on Boulder Creek, including irrigation demands and subsurface return flows, trans-basin diversions from the Western Slope, municipal demands, instream flow rights, reservoir fill and release operations and changed water rights;

2) Spatial Systems Component for the South Platte DSS, which uses satellite imagery, aerial orthophotography and other data together with remote sensing and GIS-based analysis and interpretation to map current and historic irrigated lands, delineate agricultural parcels, and classify crops, all to allow water users and administrators to analyze and make decisions regarding the surface water, groundwater, and irrigated lands for the South Platte River basin;

3) Colorado River Water Availability Study, Phases I and II, which utilized statistically downscaled Global Climate Model outputs to develop projected changes in runoff that were used, initially, to modify Colorado River model inflows and ultimately to modify statewide Colorado DSS inflows for analysis of climate change effects across Colorado;

4) Climate Change Drought DSS, a cooperative project between the CWCB and NOAA to develop a prototype web-based DSS to enable water managers at various operational- and time-scales to assess the impact of predicted climate change on natural flows at critical nodes along a river network;

and 5) Colorado Flood DSS, a prototype web-based tool bringing together floodplain, historical flood, and multi-hazard information to demonstrate how the state could provide a clearinghouse of flood-hazard and flood-related information for use by floodplain administrators, emergency managers, developers, the insurance industry, government agencies, and the public.