Integrated Hydrology + Data Science
The Walker Basin Conservancy (Conservancy) is leading the effort to restore and maintain Walker Lake while protecting agricultural, environmental, and recreational interests throughout the Walker Basin. The Conservancy is responsible for the implementation of the Walker Basin Restoration Program (Program), previously administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. To restore Walker Lake, the Conservancy works with willing sellers in the basin to acquire water rights and convey this water to Walker Lake. The water acquired under the Program is referred to as Program Water and is tracked from the locations where water was acquired through the system to Walker Lake. Stakeholders in the basin need a real-time water supply visualization tool to help address competing water use for agricultural irrigation and environmental restoration in the Walker River Basin. Program Water is tracked through two accounting systems: the Walker River Accounting Tool (WRAT) and the Lower Walker River Conveyance Protocol (LWRCP) tool. The LWRCP needs to be automated so that the LWRCP website is updated daily.
In Phase 1, IHDS developers created a web-based tool that creates a common operating picture for water users:
In Phase 2, IHDS developers needed to automate the calculation of program water: