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Water Releases Lower Than Stated?

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Water managers in Saskatchewan have issued their April spring runoff forecast and, as reported last week, it shows much more water equivalent in the snow pack within the Souris River watershed.

The new forecast estimates the runoff will be one-and-a-half to two times higher than was estimated in March.

The report blames two major March snowstorms for the higher runoff estimates.

And the levels of Rafferty and Alameda reservoirs are being drawn down in anticipation of that high runoff.

That's why releases from the Canadian dams have been unusually high in the past ten days.

But how high are those releases?

Environment Canada's website has put the total at or near three thousand cubic feet per second since Saturday.

But officials with the Water Security Agency in Saskatchewan say that is artificially high because of problems with how releases from Rafferty Dam are measured.

They say the actual total of Canadian dam releases is about 25-hundred CFS, not three thousand.

In any case, the releases are having the desired effect of bringing down the level of reservoirs that will be called on to hold back the large spring runoff - whenever that melting begins.

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