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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