|Tar River Basin Model
Model Development Project Launch
The North Carolina Division of Water Resources has launched the hydrologic model
development project for Tar River basin. The
project kickoff meetings was held in
Greenville, NC on July 15, 2010.
Need for a Hydrologic Model
The Tar-Pamlico basin covers 5571 square miles of drainage area entirely within
North Carolina. The basin supplies water to the population of nearly 415,000 people
residing in 16 counties within the basin. Water use in the basin is almost
evenly split between ground water and surface water sources. The model
will only cover the Tar River portion of the basin.
A computer model is a needed tool for evaluating surface water resources management
in the basin. For long term planning, the State can use the model in
making regulatory decisions by evaluating potential impacts of proposed projects
with significant water withdrawals within the basin as well as interbasin transfer
permit applications. Local units of government as well as the State can
use the model to plan for increased water use due to growth, and to evaluate the
effects of operational and regulatory constraints during a drought condition.
OASIS, a patented, mass balance, water resources simulation/optimization model
will be developed for the Tar river basin. This basinwide model will use the
finest practical geographic resolution and timestep.