Water Supply Outlook for Alberta

August 2004

Reservoir Storage Conditions

As of August 1, 2004, water storage in the major irrigation reservoirs in the Oldman River basin is normal to above-normal. Water storage in the basin is greater than at this time in 2001.

Water storage as of August 1, 2004 in the major hydroelectric and irrigation reservoirs of the Bow River basin is below-normal to normal except for the Glenmore and Travers reservoirs which are above-normal. Water storage is generally similar to storage on August 1, 2003.

Water storage in the major reservoir of the Red Deer River basin is above-normal. Water storage in the Dickson Reservoir is higher than last year.

Storage volumes in the major hydroelectric reservoirs in the North Saskatchewan River basin are above-normal for Lake Abraham and normal for Brazeau Reservoir. Water storages in both reservoirs are greater than last year at this time.

In the Athabasca River basin, the storage volumes at the Paddle River Reservoir is slightly higher than last year and the South Heart Reservoir is slightly lower than last year.

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

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