Water Supply Outlook for Alberta

April 2004

Reservoir Storage Conditions

As of April 1, 2004, water storage in the major irrigation reservoirs in the Oldman River basin is below-normal, except at Chain Lake Reservoir and Keho Lake which are normal. Water storage in the basin is greater than at this time in 2001.

Water storage as of April 1, 2004 in the major hydroelectric and irrigation reservoirs of the Bow River basin is normal except at Upper Kananaskis Lake and the Lake Minnewanka Reservoir which are below- normal, and Lower Kananaskis Lake and the Glenmore Reservoir which are above-normal. Water storage is generally similar to storage on April 1, 2003.

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

Storage volumes in the major hydroelectric reservoirs in the North Saskatchewan River basin are below-normal for the Brazeau Reservoir and normal for Lake Abraham. Water storage in the Brazeau Reservoir is lower than last year and Lake Abraham is higher than last year.

In the Athabasca River basin, the storage volume at the Paddle River Reservoir is slightly lower than last year's, and the storage volume at the South Heart Reservoir is much greater than last year.

April 1, 2004 reservoir data is available in (Table 1).

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