Water Supply Outlook for Alberta

September 2006

Reservoir Storage Conditions

As of September 1, 2006, water storage in the major irrigation reservoirs of the Oldman River basin is normal. Water storage in the basin is similar to last year, except for in the St. Mary's Reservoir where storage volumes are 30% lower.

Water storage as of September 1, 2006 in the major hydroelectric and irrigation reservoirs of the Bow River basin varies widely from below to above normal, but is generally above normal for most of the basin. Water storage is generally similiar to storage last year at this time.

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

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

In the Athabasca River basin, the storage volume is below normal at the South Heart and Paddle River reservoirs. As compared to this time last year, water storage is slightly lower in the South Heart Reservoir and slighly higher in the Paddle River Reservoir.

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

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