Released on March 11, 2013
Potential for High Runoff in Certain Areas
Today, Minister responsible for Water Security Agency Ken Cheveldayoff released the March forecast and outlook on spring runoff. Based on the amount of snowfall this winter, an above normal runoff is expected for the majority of the province, while some areas have the potential for very high runoff and flooding.
“The rate of melt and how much additional precipitation falls as snow or rain in coming weeks will determine the risk of flooding this spring,” Cheveldayoff said. “However, if the precipitation conditions going forward are consistent with their historical averages, most of the province will experience an above average spring runoff.”
A hot summer and fall with below normal rainfall across the entire agricultural portion of Saskatchewan in 2012 produced relatively dry conditions going into the winter season, but a well above normal snowpack has created the potential for an above normal runoff.
The Water Security Agency will continue to monitor the 2013 spring runoff conditions across Saskatchewan. If necessary, more snow surveys will be conducted to verify snow accumulation. The Water Security Agency will be updating this forecast in April with the best information available.
“We provide this forecast so that communities and residents can look at their local conditions and consider the best strategies to protect their property and infrastructure,” Cheveldayoff said. “Since 2010, the government of Saskatchewan has invested more than $25 million in 580 permanent flood mitigation works across the province. Those works will protect communities and homes this spring and into the future.”
The March forecast should be used as a general guide as local conditions may vary. The full March forecast is available online at 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.
For more information, contact:
Water Security Agency