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North Dyke PRA on Gleniffer Reservoir/Lake, AB

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North Dyke PRA on Gleniffer Reservoir/Lake Short Term Forecast

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The Gleniffer Reservoir was created by the Dickson Dam for hydroelectric power generation purposes It provides the drinking water to Red Deer and serves to moderate flow of the Red Deer River downstream. The North Dyke Provincial Recreation Area has camping a beach and a boat launch nearby. Gleniffer Reservoir/Lake is popular for water-based recreational activities with usually clear summer waters and more tutbidity during the spring run-off. The beach experience can vary because of changes to water levels in the reservoir over the bathing season.NOTE: All Gleniffer Reservoir PRA's were closed on June 12/2012 due to an oil pipeline spill upstream in Jackson Creek feeding into the Red Deer River and then the Gleniffer Reservoir. Residents and visitors were advised to not recreate or drink from the Gleniffer Reservoir at the time of the advisory. Alberta Environment lifted the advisory for swimming boating and recreation in the reservoir as of June 28/2012 as the water quality testing results meet the Alberta recreational water quality guidelines and most PRA's are now open including North Dyke.The NSRK Swim Guide has marked the North Dyke campground and day use area beach as grey for the timebeing as a precautionary approach. The reservoir and beach have been recently sampled tested and meet the recreational water quality guidelines for Alberta. The shoreline and reservoir oil removal has proceeded well but the NSRK would like to see more testing and results within the guidelines over time with respect to levels of chemicals that may impact human health before we provide a green posting. There is a 'do not consume' fish advisory for the Red Deer River and Gleniffer Reservoir but you can swim in Gleniffer Reservoir.History and Background on the Gleniffer Reservoir.Gleniffer Lake is named after the tiny post office that was located near the present dam site. Dickson Dam takes its name from the nearby hamlet of Dickson which was named after Mr. Benedickson a settler who arrived from Norway near the turn of the century (Holmgren and Holmgren 1976). The need for a reservoir on the Red Deer River became apparent in the late 1950s with the expansion of communities along the Red Deer River in central Alberta. This expansion led to increased water demand and a need for flow stability. Residents and industrial users also became concerned about water quality in the Red Deer River downstream of the city of Red Deer especially at times when flows dropped as low as 2 m3/second. In winter dissolved oxygen concentrations in the river from near Red Deer to the Saskatchewan border dropped well below levels that could support fish (Beak Consult. Ltd. 1977). Alberta Environment initiated technical studies in 1971 and after seven years of engineering and environmental studies and a series of public hearings a decision was made to build Dickson Dam. Construction began in 1980 and the reservoir started to fill in the summer of 1983.
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Tested weekly from May 24 to August 30
Current Status
The status of this beach is GREY
Recent and/or reliable water quality information is unavailable.

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