Water Supply Outlook for Alberta

March 2005

Reservoir Storage Conditions

As of March 1, 2005, water storage in the major irrigation reservoirs in the Oldman River basin is above normal, except for Waterton Reservoir, which is normal. Water storage in the basin is generally much greater than at this time last year.

Water storage as of March 1, 2005 in the major hydroelectric and irrigation reservoirs of the Bow River basin is normal to above normal, except for Ghost Reservoir, which is below normal. Water storage is greater than last year at this time, except for Ghost 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 last year.

Storage volumes in the major hydroelectric reservoirs in the North Saskatchewan River basin are above normal. Water storages in both reservoirs, Lake Abraham and Brazeau Reservoir, are greater than last year at this time.

In the Athabasca River basin, the storage volume at the Paddle River Reservoir is much higher than at this time last year, but within the normal range.

March 1, 2005 reservoir data is available in Table 1.

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