The goals, strategies and status of Forecast-Informed Reservoir Operations (FIRO) will be summarized, including major efforts at several reservoirs ranging from 0.1 to 4.0 million acre-feet storage. These projects cover a range of conditions, from rural to urban, coastal to inland, snow-dominated to rain only. Priorities range from increasing water supply reliability to enhancing flood mitigation and addressing ecosystem issues. All with an eye toward informing potential updates to water control manuals. FIRO has garnered support from water managers and policy makers. It has mitigated risks to water supply reliability during an extremely dry year and enhances flexibility in operating reservoirs based on skill in weather prediction, especially of atmospheric rivers, which are key to flooding and water supply in much of the west. Its success rests upon the development of a research and operations partnership that brings disparate parties and experts together to collaboratively assess potential FIRO viability.
- Identify the key strategies used in the development of FIRO viability assessments.
- Describe how the formation of a research and operations partnership creates a framework for collaborative vision and work plan development and fosters effective problem solving.
- Recognize the range of conditions and goals being addressed by the current and planned FIRO viability assessments.