Water Quantity


The Battle River watershed is "prairie-fed", which means that we have no glaciers or mountain snowpack to supply us with water. All the water we have comes from the rain and snow that falls throughout the year, so let it snow! 

In an average year, the natural flow of the Battle River is about 275,000 cubic decametres. That's enough water to fill over 100,000 Olympic-size swimming pools!

In the past 100 years, the highest flows in the Battle River were recorded in 1974, while the lowest flows were recorded in 1930.


Total surface water allocations in the watershed add up to about 270% of the Battle River's average annual flow. However, only about 20% of the river's average annual flow is allocated for "consumptive" uses, where water is removed from the system and not returned.

Below is a chart which further demonstrates the licensed water allocation amounts to the Battle River's average annual flow.

You can learn more about Water Quantity on page 32-33 in our State of the Watershed Report.


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