Re: WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT – Low Water Update # 11 – January 5, 2017
CONDITIONS CONTINUE TO IMPROVE – WATERSHED DOWNGRADES TO LEVEL I / MINOR DROUGHT
January 5, 2017 MISSISSIPPI VALLEY WATERSHED— The Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) is advising residents that the rain and snowfall over the last two weeks has improved the recovery process and the system is continuing to trend towards “normal” historical conditions. This has reduced the severity of the drought from Level II / Moderate to Level I / Minor status across the watershed.
“It’s difficult to discuss drought conditions at this time of year with lakes and rivers frozen over and snow on the ground, but all indicators have the system trending out of the drought situation,” indicated Gord Mountenay, MVCA Water Management Supervisor. “We are still encouraging residents on wells to be cautious of their usage as it is less likely that we will experience any runoff and infiltration into the soils as the winter progresses.”
For residents on wells, information on taking care of and monitoring your well water levels is available on the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change website at https://www.ontario.ca/page/managing-your-water-well-times-water-shortage and www.wellaware.ca.
MVCA continues to advise residents venturing out on rivers and lakes to use extreme caution as water levels and flows are still fluctuating from the rainfall. Please note that MVCA does not monitor ice conditions. Snowmobilers should be aware that there may be exposed rock outcrops that normally would be underwater on lakes and rivers.
We are continuing our efforts to track the impacts and define the severity of the drought conditions within the watershed. MVCA requests that any individuals or businesses within the Mississippi Valley watershed that are experiencing difficulties with their wells please contact the Conservation Authority by calling 613-253-0006 ext. 233 or 243. There is an interactive map on our website where residents can select the general area they are in if they are experiencing well issues. There is an opportunity to comment, however no personal information is required.
Daily water levels and flows are available on the MVCA website at http://mvc.on.ca/water-levels/.