projects

 

The majority of Wilson Water Group’s projects are being completed for clients that we have assisted for many years. These long-term relationships were a key factor in the decision to start our firm in 2012. We also continue to develop strong relationships with other consultants, collaborating with teaming partners on multiple projects. The following list represents Wilson Water Group’s current ongoing projects.

Colorado River Water Availability Study


Colorado River Water Availability Study

Wilson Water Group worked closely with the Colorado Water Conservation Board to complete the Colorado River Water Availability Study (CRWAS) Phase I. The study takes advantage of the Colorado Decision Support System (CDSS) water allocation models to investigate Colorado’s water available to meet current and future demands considering varying operational and hydrologic scenarios, including potential effects of climate change.

CRWAS Phase I included the development of model scenarios to help the State predict future water availability in the Colorado River Basin based on alternate hydrology scenarios and climate change predictions. The project was able to quantify the effects of alternate hydrology on water availability and specific water rights because Colorado River Decision Support System (CRDSS) consumptive use and StateMod models were completed and available.

For this project, Wilson Water Group staff used their extensive CDSS, StateCU, and StateMod knowledge to undertake an innovative and complicated project, and proved that the CDSS modeling platform could be used for analyzing cutting-edge water resources issues such as alternate hydrology. Wilson Water Group staff involvement in this project included:

  • Revision of the StateCU consumptive use model to reflect revised irrigation demands based on changes in temperature and precipitation from the selected alternate climate change projections;
  • Incorporation of the Historical, Paleo, and Alternate Climate Change Natural Flow Hydrology and revised crop demands into the refined StateMod surface water models;
  • Simulation of several thousand model runs to generate model output data for the basins and hydrology scenario permutations;
  • Management, review, and organization of model output data to present results of how each scenario impacted physical streamflow, legally available streamflow, reservoir use, and basin consumptive use and associated shortages;
  • Development a web-based data viewing tool that allowed non-modelers to access and analyze the results for their specific area of interest; and
  • Presentation of model information and study results through public outreach efforts, including presentations to Basin Roundtables, special interest groups, and water users.

CDSS Model Development and Training


CDSS Model Development and Training

Wilson Water Group staff have been retained by several entities to conduct one-on-one or group training sessions on CDSS products, and to provide technical modeling assistance on CDSS StateMod or StateCU modeling data sets. Training sessions range from modeling overviews for large groups to in-depth modeling sessions with individual staff members or consultants. Technical modeling assistance ranges from brainstorming modeling solutions to implementing and simulating model revisions.

Wilson Water Group has developed training materials and conducted training workshops for:

  • Colorado Water Conservation Board
  • Colorado Division of Water Resources
  • Colorado River Water Conservation District
  • Colorado State Land Board
  • Colorado Water Trust
  • Delta County Natural Resource Conservation District
  • La Plata Water Conservancy District Modeling Consultants
  • San Juan River Recovery Implementation Program Hydrology Committee
  • Southern Ute Indian Tribe
  • City of Thornton
  • Western Resource Advocates
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Ducks Unlimited
  • Wyoming Water Development Office
  • Wyoming State Engineer’s Office

In addition to specific training sessions, we have also presented general information and CDSS overviews at Colorado Water Congress conventions, SEO Forums, AWRA luncheons, CLE Conferences, and to other States including Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, and New Mexico.

Wilson Water Group staff has provided more StateMod and StateCU model training than any other consulting firm. In fact, staff from each of the consultant firms that attended the SPDSS modeling project pre-bid meeting have requested CDSS technical advice or help from our staff members in the recent past. The wide range of entities that have requested our training services has provided us with experience in all levels of understanding and application, and honed our abilities to create the most effective training materials. The wide array of training opportunities has ranged regionally as well, providing us with an opportunity to train with all of the CDSS models as examples.

Colorado River Compact Compliance Study


Colorado River Compact Compliance Study

Wilson Water Group is working closely on a confidential project with the Colorado Water Conservation Board, Colorado Attorney General’s Office, and Colorado Division of Water Resources to develop alternatives to avoid, minimize, or delay Colorado River Compact curtailments in Colorado.

Southern Ute Indian Tribe


Southern Ute Indian Tribe

Wilson Water Group staff members have acted as water rights consultants to the Southern Ute Indian Tribe for over 10 years. We have assisted the Tribe with their water rights change cases, analysis of other party’s applications that may affect the use of Tribal resources, modeling of Animas-La Plata project operations, investigation of new water rights and storage options, quantification of current and future Tribal demands, and technical services related to the San Juan Recover Implementation Program.

South Platte Decision Support System


South Platte Decision Support System

Wilson Water Group is supporting the Colorado Water Conservation Board to develop South Platte River Basin surface water models as part of the South Platte Decision Support System (SPDSS). The SPDSS is being developed using the State’s generic water resource planning model, StateMod. Five separate SPDSS surface water planning models are being developed by geographic regions (sub-basin models) and will be combined into the final South Platte River Basin model. Wilson Water Group previously assisted in developing a preliminary Lower Basin Model that is being used as the prototype for the remaining four sub-basin models to assure consistency.

Wilson Water Group is the project’s Modeling Technical Integrator, responsible for coordinating four separate sub-basin modeling teams; acting as liaison for the State to ensure that all CDSS modeling standards and objectives are being met and the project stays on task; and completing final steps for the Lower South Platte model. Activities also include working with Basin Representatives and Water Commissioners to enhance information developed in previous SPDSS phases and to better understand sub-basin operations required for the South Platte modeling effort. Technical tasks include oversight of development and calibration of a historical model data set and development of detailed model documentation.

Agricultural Consumptive Water Use in the Upper Colorado River Basin


Agricultural Consumptive Water Use in the Upper Colorado River Basin

Wilson Water Group supported the four Colorado River Upper Division States (Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming); the Upper Colorado River Commission; and the Bureau of Reclamation with investigating and improving the accuracy of agricultural consumptive use information developed under Reclamation’s Consumptive Use and Losses reports as required by the Upper Colorado Basin Compact. In Phase I and II of the Upper Basin Agricultural Consumptive Use Study, Wilson Water Group was primarily responsible for summarizing and documenting consumptive use estimation methods used within the Upper Basin and assisting in the research of “state of the science” remote sensing applications for use in consumptive use measurement. Phase III, which is currently being contracted to Wilson Water Group and other subcontractors, will result in the development of a conceptual plan on how the Commission, States, and Reclamation move forward in a coordinated program to quantify agricultural consumptive use of water within the Upper Basin. The goals for methods being investigated are to be accepted by all the parties, and will avoid duplication of existing efforts; will provide results within the timeframe necessary to allow important Colorado River Compact decisions to be made; and will be cost-effective.

Basin Round Table Support


Basin Round Table Support: Gunnison, North Platte, and Yampa

Wilson Water Group worked closely with both the Gunnison and North Platte Basin Roundtables to complete their Basin Implementation Plans. These plans were designed to support regional water planning through the round table process established by the Colorado Water for the 21st Century Act, while also providing critical local input to the Colorado Water Plan. Wilson Water Group staff leveraged their outreach experience and technical modeling expertise to ensure that the plans and their proposed projects accurately address the needs and goals of each basin. As developers of the CDSS historical crop consumptive use models (StateCU) and water rights allocation models (StateMod) in both basins, Wilson Water Group staff provided a more detailed analysis of project opportunities and water availability than previous studies. The final draft of both plans was completed on budget and on schedule for submittal to the CWCB on July 31, 2014.  Additionally, Wilson Water Group provides technical support for the Yampa White Green BRT to model existing and future consumptive and non-consumptive needs.