Colorado River Basin Accounts: Provoke discussion about more flexible and sustainable operations


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Abstract

The purpose of this activity is to provoke participants to discuss more flexible and sustainable Colorado River operations than existing operations that equalize reservoirs and expire in 2026. Participants use a Google Sheet to consume, save, and trade water in 6 basin accounts, protect Lake Powell and Lake Mead, sustain endangered, native fish of the Grand Canyon, and discuss. Follow the requirements and facilitation directions in the readme.md file.

CONTENTS:
1) readme.md - Requirements, facilitation directions, publications, file contents, and more.
2) Basin Accounts Tool - ColoradoRiverBasinAccounts.xlsx. Move into Google Sheets and follow Facilitation Directions (in readme.md). Or open ReadMe-Directions Worksheet.
3) Lets Start - ColoradoRiverBasinAccounts-LetsStart.pdf. Visual directions.
4) Model Guide - https://github.com/dzeke/ColoradoRiverCoding/blob/main/ModelMusings/Support/ModelGuide/ModelGuide-CombinedLakePowellLakeMead.md. Online.
5) Manuscript - 3-LessonsUseGoogleSheetsZoomToDiscussMoreFlexibleSustainableColoradoRiverOperations.docx. Write up for publication as a journal article.

Subject Keywords

Resource Level Coverage

Spatial

Coordinate System/Geographic Projection:
WGS 84 EPSG:4326
Coordinate Units:
Decimal degrees
Place/Area Name:
Colorado River basin
North Latitude
41.7321°
East Longitude
-105.2282°
South Latitude
30.0996°
West Longitude
-116.3024°

Temporal

Start Date:
End Date:

Content

readme.md

Colorado River Basin Accounts: Provoke discussion about more flexible and sustainable operations (Hydroshare)

Key Files

  1. readme.md - Requirements, facilitation directions, publications, file contents, and more (this file).
  2. ColoradoRiverBasinAccounts.xlsx - Basin Accounts Tool. Move into Google Sheets and follow Facilitation Directions (below). Or open ReadMe-Directions Worksheet.
  3. ColoradoRiverBasinAccounts-LetsStart.pdf - Lets Start (visual directions).
  4. Model Guide - Online help file that provides context and explanations for each spreadsheet row.
  5. 3-LessonsUseGoogleSheetsZoomToDiscussMoreFlexibleSustainableColoradoRiverOperations.docx - Manuscript for publication as a journal article.

Requirements

Facilitator: 1 person to setup in Google Sheets (see Setup below), invite participants, and organize play.

Number of People: 2 or more (facilitator may also participate).

Time: 1 to 3 hours.

Software: Facilitator has a Google Account.

Facilitation Directions

Setup

  1. Download the file ColoradoRiverBasinAccounts.xlsx to your computer.

  2. Move the Excel file to your Google Drive. Open as a Google Sheet.

  3. Open the Versions Worksheet to see updates.

  4. Duplicate the Master Worksheet to save a blank version for later use.

  5. Invite 1 or more other people to join the Google Sheet.

    1. In the upper right of the Google Sheet, click the Share button.

    2. Add emails, and set permissions so players can access the Google Sheet. Or copy and share the sheet's URL.

Play

  1. On the Master Worksheet, scroll down Column A. Participants enter values in rows with #1589F0 Blue text.

    1. For example, in Rows 4-10, particants select a Party and enter a Strategy. If fewer than 6 participants, participants select multiple parties.

    2. Enter the Lake Powell natural flow for Year 1 in #ace1af Cell C28. Cells below will populate.

    3. Participants continue to enter values in Year 1 (Column C) down to Row 142 in row blocks with #1589F0 Blue text.

    4. Move to Year 2 (Column D). Enter Lake Powell natural flow in #ace1af Cell D28.

  2. Find linked help for each row in #FFE5B4 Column N.

  3. View the Master-Plots worksheet to compare entries to current operations (Law of River).

  4. ReadMe-Directions Worksheet also has these directions and describes all worksheets in the Workbook.

Publications

  1. Rosenberg, D. E. (2022). "Lessons from using Google Sheets and Zoom to provoke discussion about more flexible and sustainable Colorado River operations." (3-LessonsUseGoogleSheetsZoomToDiscussMoreFlexibleSustainableColoradoRiverOperations.docx).
  2. Rosenberg, D. E. (In press). "Adapt Lake Mead releases to inflow to give managers more flexibility to slow reservoir draw down." Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management.
  3. Rosenberg, D. E. (2022). "Invest in Farm Water Conservation to Curtail Buy and Dry." Utah State University, Logan, Utah.
  4. Wang, J., and Rosenberg, D. E. (2021). "Living within our Means: Adapting Colorado River Basin depletions to available water." Submitted to Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management.
  5. Wang, J., Rosenberg, D. E., Schmidt, J. C., and Wheeler, K. G. (2020). "Managing the Colorado River for an Uncertain Future." Center for Colorado River Studies, Utah State University, Logan, Utah.

Donate to Support this Work

Make a tax deductible gift -- for as little as $5 -- to Utah State University (USU) to support new Colorado River work:

  1. Goto USU Gift Webform.
  2. Set the box Designation to Other.
  3. In the Gift Instructions box enter for David Rosenberg – Colorado River.
  4. Enter your contact information.

All donors will be added to an email list and receive periodic updates.

File Descriptions

  1. ColoradoRiverBasinAccounts.xlsx - An Excel file with the Colorado River Basin Accounts tool. Follow Facillation Directions (above) or open ReadMe-Directions Worksheet.
  2. ColoradoRiverBasinAccounts-LetsStart.pdf - A PDF file that shows how to start the activity (visual directions).
  3. Model Guide - Online help file that provides context and explanations for each spreadsheet row. In Master Worksheet, link to help in #FFE5B4 Column N.
  4. Support folders:

    1. Hydrology - Excel files used to generate scenarios on HydrologicScenarios Worksheet. CRB_29gages.xlsx: Gages in the Colorado River basin used to estimate natural flow. NaturalFlows1906-2018_20200110.xlsx: Natural flow hydrology downloaded from the USBR website and modified to pick out particular 10- and 20- year sequences of flows from the observed and paleo reconstructed records.

    2. ModelGuide - Files to create the Model Guide.

    3. OldVersions - Older versions of the Flex accounting tool (see Versions Worksheet).

    4. ParticipantAnalysis - Files to analyze one session

    5. ParticipantChoosePowellNaturalFlow - Files to produce the plot in the manuscript that shows how participants choose Lake Powell natural inflow.

Working Version of Repository

https://github.com/dzeke/ColoradoRiverCoding/tree/main/ModelMusings.

License

BSD-3-Clause (https://github.com/dzeke/ColoradoRiverCoding/blob/main/LICENSE). Available to use, modify, distribute, etc. for free. All modified or derivative products must use the same BSD-3-Clause license. This license keeps this work in the public domain forever.

Related Resources

This resource updates and replaces a previous version Rosenberg, D. E. (2022). Colorado River Basin Accounts: Provoke discussion about more flexible and sustainable operations, HydroShare, https://doi.org/10.4211/hs.57ad7df425b84da2874e9c19e7b34aad
This resource has been replaced by a newer version Rosenberg, D. E. (2022). Colorado River Basin Accounts: Provoke discussion about more flexible and sustainable operations, HydroShare, https://doi.org/10.4211/hs.24f8275d882e4d40809ba901258c17ad

How to Cite

Rosenberg, D. E. (2022). Colorado River Basin Accounts: Provoke discussion about more flexible and sustainable operations, HydroShare, https://doi.org/10.4211/hs.f085afcf710744898f38b64c00e22a5b

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