The State of California wrestles with a number of complex water resource issues that affect humans and wildlife alike. As in any ecosystem, critical, and sometimes unexpected, cause-and-effect relationships exist. It is imperative that California's water management strategies help sustain and recover its diverse fish populations.
In order to model the impacts of California's myriad water management strategies on the state's salmon populations. Cramer Fish Sciences, a Sacramento fisheries and environmental consultancy, used GoldSim to develop a salmon life cycle model. The model forecasted how small changes in various water projects would affect the current and future salmon populations. Using the GoldSim model, Cramer was able to identify the most viable, environmentally-friendly water management strategy for the state.
Case Study: The Impact of California’s Water Management on Salmon Populations