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The Massachusetts Sustainable-Yield Estimator: A Decision-Support Tool to Assess U.S. Department of the Interior

The Massachusetts Sustainable-Yield Estimator: A Decision-Support Tool to Assess

U.S. Department of the Interior

Published April 28th 2014
ISBN : 9781497579552
Paperback
50 pages
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Federal, State and local water-resource managers require a variety of data and modeling tools to better understand water resources. The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, hasMoreFederal, State and local water-resource managers require a variety of data and modeling tools to better understand water resources. The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, has developed a statewide, interactive decision-support tool to meet this need. The decision-support tool, referred to as the Massachusetts Sustainable-Yield Estimator (MA SYE) provides screening-level estimates of the sustainable yield of a basin, defined as the difference between the unregulated streamflow and some user-specified quantity of water that must remain in the stream to support such functions as recreational activities or aquatic habitat. The MA SYE tool was designed, in part, because the quantity of surface water available in a basin is a time-varying quantity subject to competing demands for water.