Water Supply Outlook for Alberta

August 2008

Milk River Basin - Water Supply Forecasts

As of August 1, 2008, below normal natural runoff volumes are forecast for the March to September 2008 period in the Milk River basin, except slightly above normal at Western Crossing (Table 2a). Current forecasts in the basin range from 72 to 114% of the median. For the Milk River at Milk River, current forecasted values for the March to September 2008 period would rank 33rd lowest in 91 years of record (1912-2001).

The first five months of the forecast period have been completed, with March-July 2008 recorded natural runoff volumes ranging from 72 to 114% of median, which ranges from below normal (Eastern Crossing) to slightly above normal (Western Crossing). Recorded volume data is preliminary and is subject to change. The volume forecast for the remainder of the year is available in Table 2b. These August to September 2008 forecasts are for below normal to normal natural runoff volumes.

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