Environment Canada gauges the Elk River depth

The Elk River discharge rate is still a little higher than normal for this time of the year.

Luke Fennell from Environment Canada measured the Elk River depths on Friday

Luke Fennell from Environment Canada measured the Elk River depths on Friday

If you think the Elk River level is still higher than normal, you’re right. Luke Fennell from Environment Canada measured the Elk River at an estimated depth of 1.7 meters on Friday, August 9 from the West Fernie Bridge.

Using an instrument that looks like an industrial fishing rod with its steel cable, the turbine wheel measures the discharge volume in cubed meters per second and is held in place by a large weight that’s in the shape of a small torpedo to steady the direction.

Fennell tests the river discharge seven to eight times per year. To see historical data of the Elk River water levels station #08NK002 go to www.wateroffice.ca