Due to the current low-flow conditions in the South Saskatchewan River basin, the Alberta government has issued a low-flow advisory, notifying users to reduce their water consumption.
According to the statement released late afternoon on June 9, monitoring results are showing below-normal flow rates for the South Saskatchewan River basin and its tributary streams.
“When this happens water withdrawals may increase stress to fish and wildlife by lowering the amount of available water,” reads the advisory.
As a result, temporary diversion licenses are being suspended on streams without storage facilities until the flow improves and Alberta Environment and Parks is directing users to streams and reservoirs where water is still available.
Also, low-flow restrictions have been put in place for some permanent licenses. These licensees may be required to reduce or cease water use.
Licensees with questions regarding their license conditions can contact the Environment and Parks office for the South Saskatchewan region in Calgary at 403-297-7602. The Medicine Hat office can be contacted at 403-529-3151.
Alberta Environment and Parks is continuing to monitor flow levels and encourages users to be cautious with their water withdrawals until conditions improve.