Water Supply Outlook for Alberta

June 2006

Reservoir Storage Conditions

As of June 1, 2006, water storage in the major irrigation reservoirs in the Oldman River basin range from normal to above normal. The Chain Lakes, Keho Lake and Waterton Reservoir are at normal levels, while the Oldman, Milk River Ridge and St. Mary reservoirs are above normal. Water storage in the basin is generally similar to last year at this time.

Water storage as of June 1, 2006 in the major hydroelectric and irrigation reservoirs of the Bow River basin is generally normal, the exceptions are the Travers and Barrier reservoirs which are below normal and the Lower and Upper Kananaskis lakes which are above normal. Water storage is generally similiar to last year at this time, except for the Lower Kananaskis, Upper Kananaskis and Spray lakes which are much higher than last year.

Water storage in the major reservoir of the Red Deer River basin is normal. Water storage in the Dickson Reservoir is similar to time last year at this time.

Storage volumes in the major hydroelectric reservoirs in the North Saskatchewan River basin are normal to above normal. Water storages in Lake Abraham is similar to last year, while storage in the Brazeau Reservoir is much lower than at this time last year.

In the Athabasca River basin, the storage volume is below normal at both the Paddle River Reservoir and the South Heart Reservoir. Water storage in both reservoirs are much lower than at this time last year.

June 1, 2006 reservoir data is available in Table 1.

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