Central Valley models and tools
The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) develops and uses a number of modeling tools to support water management Statewide and in the Central Valley. Among these tools are the CalSim 2, CalLite, C2VSim, SVSim, CVFED, and CVHS. CalSim is the model used to simulate California State Water Project (SWP)/Central Valley Project (CVP) operations. CalLite is an interactive screening model for evaluating various Central Valley water management alternatives. C2VSim is a computer program that simulates water movement through the linked land surface, groundwater and surface water flow systems in California’s Central Valley. SVSim is an application of the Integrated Water Flow Model (IWFM) numerical code and is based on DWR’s C2VSim model, which provides an updated analysis of geologic and hydrogeologic data for the Sacramento Valley.
Major improvements and enhancements in CalSim 3.0 include:
• Finer model spatial resolution
• Better water supply and demand estimation
• Improved groundwater representation and simulation
• Enhanced model validation
• Extended model spatial and temporal domain
• Advanced model engine (WRIMS 2.0)
• Thorough model documentation
• Model supporting tools
CalSim is the model used to simulate California State Water Project (SWP)/Central Valley Project (CVP) operations. CalSim 2 is the latest version of CalSim available for use.
The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Mid-Pacific Region (USBR) have developed CalLite as an interactive screening model for evaluating various Central Valley water management alternatives. CalLite simulates the hydrology of the Central Valley, reservoir operations, delivery allocation decisions, delta salinity, and habitat-ecosystem flow indices over an 82 year planning period. CalLite maintains the hydrologic, operational and institutional integrity of CalSim; the results obtained from a typical CalLite run (<10 minute run time) are within 1% of a corresponding CalSim run (30 minute run time).
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has developed a new model, the Sacramento Valley Groundwater-Surface Water Simulation Model (SVSim). SVSim Version 1.0 is now available. This new model will support two important DWR programs and has two main goals:
- Water Transfer Program - Develop a tool that meets essential modeling requirements for evaluating project-specific impacts of groundwater substitution transfers on stream depletion in the Sacramento Valley.
- Sustainable Groundwater Management Program - Develop a tool for evaluating water budgets, SW‐GW interactions, and sustainable groundwater management scenarios in the Sacramento Valley.
The intended users of SVSim are DWR, transfer projects, Groundwater Sustainability Agencies, local agencies, and interested stakeholders. SVSim is an application of the Integrated Water Flow Model (IWFM) numerical code and is based on DWR’s C2VSim model. SVSim provides an updated analysis of geologic and hydrogeologic data for the Sacramento Valley. The model domain includes all of the Sacramento Valley Basin, the Redding Area Groundwater Basin, and the Delta. The southern boundary of the model lies between the Mokelumne and Calaveras Rivers. SVSim includes nine layers of variable thickness that span the entire groundwater system. The base period of the model simulates conditions from 1973 to 2015.