Nicola Water Management Tool
The Nicola Water Management Tool (NWMT) is a web-based decision support tool related to real-time water releases at the Nicola Lake dam. The NWMT is intended to allow operators at the dam to consider a wider range of biophysical, ecological and socio-economic factors helpful for dam operations, including the in-lake and downstream consequences of water releases in terms of predicted flows at key index locations. Integral to the project is upgrades of gauging stations and possibly the development of monitoring wells that provide data for the tool.
The tool will support decision-makers with respect to:
The NWMT will automate biophysical calculations and provide intuitive visualizations related to key performance indicators for the management of fish, water and land, and may simulate the potential benefits of water conservation.
Read the Report
A report was completed in September 2020 and updated in 2021: Nicola Basin Fish/Water Management Tool Design Document (March 2021).
Also see the Nicola Water Management Tool 2B (Task 7) Water Use Sub-Model letter report (2017).
Access the Tool
You can access the Nicola Water Management Tool at nwmt.essa.com. If you don’t have an account, click “request account” in the bottom right of the page.