Planning & Management

Oral

396217 - DAM Dashboard: Dam Assessment and Management Tool Pilot Project

Wednesday, June 6
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: Northstar B

In absence of adequate supporting data, management of smaller water supply surface reservoirs and other impoundments is often based on rough estimates of how the reservoir and downstream system will respond to base flows, runoff, evapotranspiration, infiltration, and withdrawals. There is often a lack of reliable information to support permit performance standards and reporting associated with reservoir/dam management, making it difficult to confirm how frequently stream flow and water level is out of compliance, or how management actions could be refined to improve compliance and protect downstream habitat from extreme flow alterations. DAM Dashboard establishes an information network on the status of reservoirs/dams that includes real-time data, reporting tools customized to the infrastructure management and regulatory needs of water suppliers, and infrastructure decision support tools that are web-accessible.

This presentation will discuss the DAM Dashboard pilot project currently being implemented in three Massachusetts Communities. The presentation will include an overview of the pilot sites, instrumentation design and installation, and development of a web-based dashboard with decision support features. The presentation will conclude with discussion of future planned project applications including a streamflow restoration plan within the pilot study area through coordinated operation of a series of existing impoundments based on actual streamflow data and model results to inform operational decisions. This project represents an innovative and groundbreaking approach towards local water resources management that will advance the overall state of the practice while creating a model with clear and quantifiable metrics of success for others across the region.

David Roman, PE, CFM, CPESC

Project Engineer
Geosyntec Consultants, Inc.

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Andrea Braga, PE, CPESC

Principal
Geosyntec Consultants, Inc.

Andreais a Principal Water Resources Engineer based in Massachusetts with more than 12 years of professional experience focused on helping clients develop innovative solutions to their complex water quality, flooding and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) compliance issues. She specializes in stormwater system design, modeling and analysis, from project planning and permitting, to whole life-cycle costing, construction oversight, monitoring and maintenance. Andrea’s practice also includes NPDES compliance and permit support; municipal stormwater program planning and implementation; water resource master planning; and climate changes adaptation and resiliency planning.

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