Monthly archives for September 2016

The Day Barrier Lake got Drained

Some of you may have noticed that Barrier Lake is looking lower than usual this summer. This question comes up a lot around the shop and at the beach: “Where did all the water go?” Our stock answer is that the water level was lowered for flood mitigation purposes. The long answer is that TransAlta was paid $5.5 million to divert water through the spillway rather than store it in the reservoir for hydroelectric power generation. They are letting it fill as fast as they