Nechako Reservoir Update - February 18, 2021

19 Feb 2021

Reporting Period: February 12 to February 18, 2021

  • Reservoir level has decreased in the past 7 days from 2796.76 feet to 2796.44 feet.
  • Skins Lake Spillway discharge remains unchanged at 83 m3/s for the past 7 days.
  • Six (6) mm of precipitation was observed last week and fifteen (15) mm of precipitation is expected for next week.
  • Based on current conditions, there is a 90% chance that the Nechako Reservoir will not fill completely in 2021. Please refer to the illustration below regarding reservoir conditions.
  • Spillway discharge may be increased or decreased through the winter depending on inflow to the reservoir and snowpack. Additional changes to Spillway discharge may be required through the winter.
  • Ice has begun to form on many parts of the Nechako River which prevents accurate measurement of discharge. Discharge will be reported again in the Spring.
  • Ice jams sometimes form during freeze up. Be cautious around the river, and particularly in low lying areas. If you notice an ice jam form, please notify Rio Tinto immediately by emailing NechakoReservoirUpdates@riotinto.com.
  • You can monitor continuous reservoir elevation by clicking here(External link)(External link)(External link)(External link)(External link)(External link)(External link)(External link)(External link)(External link)(External link)(External link). Select the Nechako Reservoir at Skins Lake Spillway and station number 08JA023. Reservoir normal maximum level is 12.55m on this gauge, which is equal to 853.44 m or 2800 feet.
  • Please also see the public safety announcement from the District of Vanderhoof at http://www.vanderhoof.ca/nechako-river-ice-hazard-warning

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