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Water Security Agency Reducing Outflow from Rafferty Dam

Dec. 31, 2015 - Starting next week, the Water Security Agency will begin reducing the outflow from Rafferty Dam which was initiated in early November to draw the reservoir down to its Feb. 1, 2016 target elevation.  

Currently, the reservoir is at 549.63 metres above sea level (m) or 0.13 m above the Feb. 1 target elevation of 549.5 m.

While the outflow will be staged down in small increments, the ice cover that has developed on the Souris River below the reservoir through to United States is expected to drop and potentially crack in response to this operation. This may result in hazardous conditions, making ice that was safe to access in December unsafe in January.

Ice conditions can be unpredictable and differ considerably over short distances where winter flows are present, such as the Qu’Appelle and Saskatchewan River Systems. The mild winter to date is slowing the development of ice cover on waterbodies across the province.  Consequently, ice cover may not be as thick as usual for this time of year.

Winter stream flow and thinner ice cover conditions can create an extremely serious hazard. Any person on or near a lake or river across the province should use extreme caution when crossing. It is up to the individual to ensure that ice on a river or lake is safe for crossing or winter time activities. 

For more information on stream flows and lake levels visit www.wsask.ca

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