Average Runoff Expected In Northern Saskatchewan

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 at 15:11



The Saskatchewan Watershed Authority is predicting most of the province’s north will see normal runoff this spring.


Spokesman Doug Johnson says above-normal runoff is projected in the Key Lake, Cluff Lake and Stony Rapids areas, but the situation across the rest of northern Saskatchewan looks mainly average.


Johnson says the cold winter hasn’t produced the level of snow that’s been experienced in the region in recent years, but he notes March is usually a peak time of the year for precipitation so the forecast could still change.


He says the flow on the Churchill River continues to gradually recede.


Johnson also says releases from Reindeer Lake will continue in preparation for this year’s thaw.


Most areas of the province are expected to see average runoff this year.


Exceptions include regions in southern Saskatchewan — including Kindersley, Leader and Swift Current — which will see below normal precipitation.