Water Supply Outlook for Alberta

August 2008

North Saskatchewan River Basin - Water Supply Forecasts

As of August 1, 2008, natural runoff volumes for the March to September 2008 period are forecast to be slightly above average into the Bighorn Reservoir, above to much above average into the Brazeau Reservoir, and above average for the North Saskatchewan River at Edmonton (Table 6a). Current forecasted values for the March to September 2008 period for the North Saskatchewan River at Edmonton would rank 25th highest in 91-years of record (1912-2001), while Brazeau Reservoir inflows would rank 11th highest in 41-years.

The first five months of the forecast period have been completed, with March-July 2008 recorded natural runoff volumes at the Brazeau Reservoir being the eleventh highest in 41 years of record at 124% of average. Edmonton recorded natural runoff was 27th highest in 91 years of record at 112% of average. Recorded volume data is preliminary and is subject to change. The remaining volume forecast, for August to September 2008 and available in Table 6b, range from average to above average natural runoff volumes.

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