Water Supply Outlook for Alberta

March 2005

North Saskatchewan River Basin - Water Supply Forecasts

As of March 1, 2005, natural runoff volumes for the March to September 2005 period are forecast to be average into the Bighorn and Brazeau Reservoirs, and in the North Saskatchewan River at Edmonton (Table 6). Current forecasts in the basin range from 95 to 102% of average, similar to or higher than last month's forecasts. Current forecasted values for the March to September period for the North Saskatchewan River at Edmonton would rank 44th lowest in 91-years of record (1912-2001). The March 1, 2005 forecasts are 7 and 17% higher than volumes recorded over the same March-September time period last year at the Brazeau Reservoir and Edmonton, respectively, and similar to last year at the Bighorn Reservoir.

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