Water Security Agency Increasing Outflow from Gardiner Dam in Response to Alberta Rainfall
June 17, 2014 - The Water Security Agency (WSA) is advising the public of a proactive increase in outflow from Gardiner Dam.
In response to the current and forecasted rainfall in southern Alberta, outflows from Gardiner Dam will be increased today from 380 cubic metres per second (m3/s) to approximately 900 m3/s.
This will result in the current water level on the South Saskatchewan River downstream of Gardiner Dam rising by approximately 1.5 m. These levels and flows are similar to the release in late May. There is still uncertainty with how much precipitation will fall in Alberta and a further increase may be initiated depending on the amount rainfall.
On the Saskatchewan River system, flows will be above normal for this time of year but not expected to cause any flooding issues.
Water levels in the river section below Tobin Reservoir will rise approximately 0.6 m above the current level and be similar to the levels experienced in late May. The Codette and Tobin reservoirs will also be fluctuating within their normal operating range.
The forecast for stream flows and any other relevant updates will be posted to WSA’s website at wsask.ca.
The Water Security Agency was created to lead implementation of the 25 Year Saskatchewan Water Security Plan. The plan will improve water management capacity and service to individuals, businesses and communities across Saskatchewan. The agency brings together all of the major responsibilities related to water quality and quantity.
For more information, contact:
Water Security Agency