Lower Winnipeg River Basin Discussion Sheet Series Sheet #3 | Hydrology: River discharge and level
There are six hydroelectric runoff river-generating stations along the LWRB—Pointe du Bois, Slave Falls, Seven Sisters, McArthur Falls, Great Falls, and Pine Falls—that together can generate 583 MW of electrical capacity, approximately 10% of the energy needs for the Province of Manitoba.
The Winnipeg River releases the greatest volume of water to Lake Winnipeg and contributes the second-largest nutrient load.
The lower Winnipeg River basin (LWRB) is located in the northwest section of the entire Winnipeg River basin (WRB), which spans parts of western Ontario and small parts of Manitoba and northern Minnesota, United States. The Discussion Sheet Series highlights research on ecological and socio-economic aspects of the basin to encourage discussion with experts, government departments, Indigenous groups, and stakeholders. The Discussion Sheet Series is based on available data collected in 2018 and 2019. Sheet 3 of 11 summarizes the hydrology (river discharge and level) in the LWRB.
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