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Water Security Agency Issues Warning for the Saskatchewan River below Tobin Lake

May 2, 2013 -- The Water Security Agency is advising the public of flow conditions on the Saskatchewan River downstream of Tobin Lake near Nipawin.

In response to the ice jams and large flows upstream of SaskPower’s E.B. Campbell Dam on the Saskatchewan River, a spillway release from Tobin Lake was initiated on May 1, 2013. This release helped to stabilize the levels of Tobin Lake on the Saskatchewan River.

The total release from E.B. Campbell Dam is now roughly 1,500 m3/s and will be at this level for up to a week. This release is the combination of the spillway and power plant discharges. As a result, the level of Cumberland Lake is expected to rise by 0.3 m to 0.5 m over the coming days. Highway #123 to Cumberland House should not be overtopped at this release rate.

There will be a 12-24 hour interruption in spillway releases from the E.B. Campbell Dam to perform planned maintenance on the spillway starting this evening. During this time, the total outflow from Tobin Lake will be reduced to plant capacity of 1,000 m3/s and Tobin Lake will rise moderately. Once the work is complete, the total outflow will resume at 1,500 m3/s.  

The Water Security Agency and SaskPower are working together and monitoring the situation, releases will be adjusted as necessary.

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:

Patrick Boyle
Water Security Agency
Moose Jaw
Phone: 306.694.8914
Email: Patrick.Boyle@wsask.ca
Cell: 306.631.6997

Tyler Hopson
SaskPower
Regina
Phone: 306.566. 3167
Email: thopson@saskpower.ca