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Water Security Agency Releases More Water from Rafferty, Alameda and Boundary Reservoirs

Thin Ice a Spring Runoff Hazard

March 27, 2013 -- The Water Security Agency advises that releases from Boundary, Rafferty and Alameda reservoirs in the Souris River watershed will be increased this week.

In preparation for spring runoff, releases will be initiated from Boundary Reservoir and releases from both Rafferty and Alameda reservoirs will be increased.  Outflows from Rafferty and Alameda reservoirs will increase this week to 20 m3/s and 14 m3/s respectively.  A release from Boundary Reservoir was initiated and will be increased to 6 m3/s during the week.

The Water Security Agency advises that it is monitoring downstream conditions and are continually working and sharing information with the United States.

Flow releases may impact ice on portions of the river downstream, possibly creating thin ice or open areas. Due to the risk, the Water Security Agency urges people to stay off the ice on the Souris River downstream from Rafferty Dam and on Long Creek downstream from Boundary Dam.

The Water Security Agency would also urges caution when crossing ice anywhere, as there is severe risk of thin ice, especially during spring runoff. Stream flow under ice is an extremely serious hazard. Anyone on or near a lake or river should use extreme caution. It is up to every individual to ensure that the ice is safe.

The Water Security Agency was created to lead implementation of the 25 Year Saskatchewan Water Security Plan. It will improve water management capacity and service to individuals, businesses and communities across Saskatchewan. This new agency brings together, for the first time, all of the major responsibilities related to water quality and quantity.

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For more information, contact:

Dale Hjertaas
Water Security Agency
Regina
Phone: 306.787.2892
Email: dale.hjertaas@wsask.ca
Cell:  306.533.8353