Several basins in the Peace Region are experiencing low flow conditions, prompting the Government of Alberta to notify users to reduce their water consumption.
Monitoring results show stream flows have declined significantly below normal levels throughout the Peace Region. When this happens, water withdrawals may increase stress on aquatic ecosystems, which include fish populations. And so water withdrawals need to be restricted.
The Simonette River, Muskeg River, Little Smoky River and associated tributaries are experiencing low flow conditions. They will remain closed for any new temporary diversion licences until the flow improves. Current temporary diversion licences are also suspended.
The Kakwa River and related tributaries are also closed for new temporary diversion licences. These restrictions apply to licences issued by both Alberta Environment and Parks, and by the Alberta Energy Regulator.
Licencees are encouraged to review their licences to determine whether there are minimum flow conditions that require them to reduce or cease water withdrawals at current levels. Those with questions regarding their licences are asked to contact their regional water office.
Alberta Environment and Parks staff will continue to monitor water levels in collaboration with the Alberta Energy Regulator and close additional basins or suspend additional licences if necessary.