Water Supply Outlook for Alberta

March 2002

Milk River Basin - Water Supply Forecasts

Much-below-average natural runoff volumes are forecast for the March to September 2002 period in the Milk River basin (Table 2). Current forecasts for the March to September period are near 40 % of the median. Current forecasted values for the March to September period for the Milk River at Milk River would rank fourteenth lowest in 84-years of record (1912-95). The March 1 forecasts are 6 to 7 % higher than last month's forecast due to a snowstorm in the latter part of February, which resulted in above-normal precipitation being recorded during the month. Current runoff volume forecasts for this year are 17 to 19% higher than recorded runoff volumes last summer.

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