Water Security Agency says Sask spring runoff higher than expected


The latest report from the Saskatchewan Water Security Agency says there is higher than expected spring runoff.

The agency says the extra water is helping to refill many of the reservoirs that were very low following last summer’s extended period of high heat and limited precipitation.

The runoff began in mid-March in the southwest and is progressing eastward and northward.

A slower melting period is helping keep runoff in channels with a low risk for flooding expected.

Higher than expected runoff in the Moose Jaw, Swift Current and Old Wives’ basins has helped replenish water supply reservoirs.

Runoff is below normal but higher than expected in the Maple Creek, Battle, Frenchman and Lodge Creek basins.

On the Qu’Appelle system, ice is causing higher than expected water levels and the agency is monitoring the situation.

Strong flows are expected along the South Saskatchewan River and will help bring levels up at Lake Diefenbaker, improving conditions for irrigation and recreation.

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