Water Supply Outlook for Alberta

February 2005

North Saskatchewan River Basin - Water Supply Forecasts

Natural runoff volumes for the March to September 2005 period are forecast to be average into the Bighorn and Brazeau Reservoirs, and below average to average for Edmonton (Table 6). Current forecasts in the basin range from 92 to 101% of average. Current forecasted values for the March to September period for the North Saskatchewan River at Edmonton would rank 39th lowest in 91-years of record (1912-2001). The February 1 forecasts are 6 and 13% higher than volumes recorded over the same time period last year at the Brazeau Reservoir and Edmonton, respectively, and similar to last year at the Bighorn Reservoir.

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