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REVIEW OF 2010-11 OPERATIONS AT LAKE DIEFENBAKER RELEASED

Released on March 6, 2012

The Saskatchewan Watershed Authority has released the findings of a special review of the operations of Gardiner Dam. Minister responsible for the Saskatchewan Watershed Authority Dustin Duncan had announced the appointment of two respected hydrologists from the University of Saskatchewan, Dr. John Pomeroy and Dr. Kevin Shook to lead the review on October 7, 2011.

"The esteemed hydrologists from the University found that operation of the reservoir at Lake Diefenbaker reduced the potential area of flooding downstream of the reservoir by half and noted that Watershed Authority staff did a superb job with the tools available and considering the operational objectives," Duncan said. "Drs. Pomeroy and Shook also provided valuable recommendations for potential improvements to management of the reservoir in the future."

The recommendations for improvement of operations at Gardiner Dam include development of a new reservoir operating plan, improved computer models and establishment of additional flow and precipitation stations to improve flow forecasting. The Watershed Authority is presently reviewing all recommendations.

"Development of a new reservoir operating plan for Lake Diefenbaker is a strategic recommendation, and I am asking the Watershed Authority to initiate consultations with stakeholders toward development of a new Lake Management Plan, which includes consideration of water supply, flood control and water quality issues," Duncan said.

The Saskatchewan Watershed Authority will be contacting stakeholders in early April to initiate these consultations.

Drs. Pomeroy and Shook presented their report to the Watershed Authority earlier in February. The report is available on the Watershed Authority website at www.swa.ca.

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For more information, contact:

Dale Hjertaas
Saskatchewan Watershed Authority
Regina
Phone: 306-787-2892
Email: dale.hjertaas@swa.ca

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