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The 11 Stages of Plan for Water

Stage 1: System Overview

  • Top of system to the bottom (watershed, reservoirs, hydropower facilities, transport systems, end-user delivery)
  • Common understanding of how the system works

 Stage 2: Water Rights Overview

  • Review of Water Rights Currently Held
  • Locations
  • Year of Seniority
  • Current Usage

Stage 3: Watersheds

  • Review of watershed management
  • Cultural awareness and sensitivity

Stage 4: Risk

  • Presentation of risk analysis and mitigation efforts presentation relating to three organizational considerations: Operational, Regulatory and Environmental

Stage 5: Strategic Planning

  • Leverage work previously completed
  • Can be revisited during process
  • Mission
  • Vision
  • Strategic priorities
  • Used as framework for Plan for Water process
  • Used to guide policy decisions
  • Used to guide annual budget

Stage 6: Basis for Plan Water

  • Planning horizon
  • Intended outcome refinement
  • Frequency of Plan update
  • How Plan is used
  • Responsibility for Plan

Stage 7: Hydrology and Hydrography

  • Leverage existing work
  • Drought scenarios
  • Consider climate change
  • Consider Impacts of watershed health
  • Science and data driven

Stage 8: Demand

  • Model future demand for planning horizon
  • Requires new model
  • Considers land use
  • Considers end-user use changes
  • Considers Regulatory Flows - FERC

Stage 9: Supply Needs

  • Supply Needs
  • Short Term
  • Long Term
  • Consistent with Planning Horizon

Stage 10: Strategy Options

  • Operations (system and end users)
  • Restoration (system and watershed)
  • Management (ongoing adaptive management of watershed)
  • Programs (capital)

Stage 11: Evaluate Strategies

  • Develop evaluation criteria consistent with Board-determined mission, vision, and strategic priorities
  • Possible consideration (environmental, cost, technical feasibility, constructability risk, political)




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