Colorado River Environmental Modeling System for the Highland Lakes, Texas
The Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) owns and operates a series of six dams and reservoirs along the Colorado River in Texas called the Highland Lakes. These lakes provide drinking water for the growing population around Austin and generate hydroelectricity. To help balance the local economy with limited water resources and ecosystem health, the LCRA developed a suite of linked watershed and water quality models called Colorado River Environmental Models (CREMs).
Anchor QEA has been a key consultant in the implementation of CREMs, from developing a master plan for the suite of models to calibrating and validating various watershed and water quality model components for five of the Highland Lakes. Our technical experts trained LCRA staff in the use of these models, and they are routinely used to evaluate and manage the consequences of future increases in wastewater discharges and stormwater runoff.