Water Supply Outlook for Alberta

February 2006

Reservoir Storage Conditions

As of February 1, 2006, water storage in the major irrigation reservoirs in the Oldman River basin is generally above normal, except for the Waterton Reservoir where storage is normal. Water storage in the basin is similar to storage at this time last year.

Water storage as of February 1, 2006 in the major hydroelectric and irrigation reservoirs of the Bow River basin is normal to above normal. Water storage is greater than at this time last year for Lake Minnewanka, Spray Lake and Upper Kananaskis Lake, and similar to last year for Ghost and Barrier Reservoir, and Lower Kananaskis Lake.

Water storage in the major reservoir of the Red Deer River basin is above normal. Water storage in the Dickson Reservoir is greater than at this time last year.

Storage volumes in the major hydroelectric reservoirs in the North Saskatchewan River basin are normal for Lake Abraham and above normal for Brazeau Reservoir. Water storage in Lake Abraham is slightly lower than at this time last year, while the Brazeau Reservoir is nearly 20% higher than last year.

February 1, 2006 reservoir data is available in Table 1.

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