DR. WALLACE'S EFFORTS IN LEGAL WATER DISPUTE LEAD TO MODEL FOR SCIENTIFICALLY MANAGED WATER RELEASES

As part of a team of experts in a water rights dispute, Dr. Wallace recently helped resolve conflicting water demands in the Glen Lake-Crystal River Watershed. This case ( Glen Lake-Crystal River Watershed Riparians v Glen Lake Association ) is recognized for establishing a model for scientifically managing water releases in a regulated, lake-stream system that is governed by the water laws typical of the Eastern USA and for explicitly considering ecological concerns as part of the decision process. A central aspect of the approach taken to sharing water between the lake and the river was development of a decision algorithm that the lake level association can employ to periodically adjust the water release. The algorithm takes account of seasonally varying needs for water to support the ecology of the river/lake system and provides clearly defined rules for sharing the burden of low water supply during periods of drought. Glen Lake and the Crystal River are located in the north western lower peninsula of Michigan adjacent to Lake Michigan and the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.


A view of Glen Lake

 

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