Welcome to Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority
Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) is one of 36 Conservation Authorities in Ontario. Formed in 1968, MVCA’s mandate is to manage the watershed’s resources in partnership with our eleven member municipalities and the Province of Ontario.
Draining over 250 lakes and wetlands, the Mississippi River watershed encompasses an area of 3,750 km² from its headwaters at Mazinaw Lake to its confluence at the Ottawa River. Together with the drainage areas of the Carp River, MVCA has a total jurisdiction of 4353 km².
Prevent Flood Damage To Your Home, Protect Local Wildlife, And Keep Your Drinking Water Clean
Protecting the needs of landowners and the environment by using an Integrated Approach to Watershed Management, MVCA works to keep your drinking water, local ecosystems, and your property safe. Let us help you reconnect with the natural environment by visiting locally significant areas, taking up stewardship practices at home or by monitoring your water quality.
Low water conditions persist throughout Mississippi River Watershed
May 18, 2015 MISSISSIPPI VALLEY WATERSHED—As a result of very little precipitation across the Mississippi River watershed over the last few weeks, water levels on most lakes and many rivers and creeks remain quite low for this time of year.
While not in a drought condition as yet, the situation is certainly trending in that direction with minimal precipitation in the long range forecast.
With water levels on the lakes and rivers low, boaters are advised to use caution when out on the water as shoals that would normally be well submerged may be close enough to the surface to damage propellers or cause other damage.
At this time, residents in the watershed are strongly urged to reduce their consumption of potable water. Using rain barrels to capture any rain to water lawns and gardens and avoiding using pressure washers to clean houses, driveways, decks and fences, all contribute to the conservation of our water resources. For more water conservation tips visit www.mvc.on.ca.
A significant rainfall over a large portion of the watershed will be required to return the watershed to normal conditions.
This Watershed Conditions Statement is valid through June 1, 2015. Additional statements will be issued when or if conditions are expected to change significantly from this outlook.
Daily water levels and flows are available on the MVCA website at www.mvc.on.ca.
The Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority flood forecasting and warning program monitors weather conditions, snowpack water content, estimates expected river flows and water levels and issues flood advisories or warnings as required. MVCA provides early warning and continuous monitoring to municipal and provincial emergency response personnel through a flood event.
Contact: Gord Mountenay, C.E.T.
Water Management Supervisor
613-253-0006 ext. 233