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Low river water levels trigger advisory

The Saskatoon Fire Department advises members of the public that the South Saskatchewan River’s water level is low as a result of reduced discharge rates.

Recently, the Government of Canada has recorded the primary water level on the South Saskatchewan River at Saskatoon to be approximately 2.1 metres with a discharge rate averaging between 70 and 80 cubic metres per second.

There are several shallow areas where the river’s bottom is visible just below the surface or where a sandbar has appeared; this creates a hazard to both human- and motor-powered crafts, as well as their operators.

Watercraft operators are advised to exercise caution and are encouraged to elevate awareness when navigating the South Saskatchewan River. It is expected that river users will be mindful of river traffic while sharing the waterway respectfully, exercising best and safe practice in doing so.

Always be cautious near larger bodies of water. In an emergency, call 911 immediately.

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