State Water Resources Research Institute Program

Project ID: 2006NV103B
Title: Hydrodynamic Modeling of Lake Mead
Project Type: Research
Start Date: 3/01/2006
End Date: 2/28/2008
Congressional District: Nevada 01
Focus Categories: Models, Surface Water, Water Supply
Keywords: hydrodynamic models, lake mixing, lake water quality, water supply, Lake Mead, limnology
Principal Investigator: Stone, Mark
Federal Funds: $ 22,198
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $ 44,509
Abstract: Lake Mead is one of the most important water resources in the United States providing drinking, irrigation, and industrial water for approximately 25 million people. However, rapid urban development in southern Nevada, combined with modified upstream land use and extended drought, has gradually degraded Lake Mead water quality. Although water quality concerns have motivated intense monitoring programs by several agencies, observed data has not been incorporated into a unifying tool to support management and research efforts. The goal of this research is to develop a three-dimensional hydrodynamic model of Lake Mead to investigate circulation processes. This goal will be met by completing the following four objectives: (1) customize a hydrodynamic model for the lake, (2) incorporate water quality routines into the hydrodynamic model, (3) investigate Lake Mead circulation processes, and (4) produce the framework for an adaptive management tool. The model will integrate previous water monitoring efforts, improve understanding of lake circulation, and provide the framework for a robust adaptive management tool for Lake Mead.

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