Modelling river basin management: an institutional perspective
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Implementation of a water availability modelling system for the 23 river basins of Texas illustrates key institutional aspects of this type of effort. Water supply capabilities depend upon institutional considerations such as water rights, contractual arrangements and reservoir project ownership, as well as river basin hydrology. A water management community must work together to develop decision support tools to help manage water resources shared by numerous water users. The Water Rights Analysis Package model adopted by the state of Texas and the lessons learned in its application are applicable to river basin management world-wide.
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