Are You Taking Advantage Of The Historic Mill of Kintail (near Ottawa)?
Get your blood flowing with a jog along the Fitness Path, or overcome fatigue with some hiking through the extensive Mill of Kintail Conservation Area trails. Call (613) 256-3610 to ask how you can host your own group activities in the sunny outdoors, or use the site for other learning and recreational activities.
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From the inventor of basketball’s museum (James Naismith) to the Indian River’s plant and animal life, students complete sections of the Ontario School Curriculum out of doors at the Mill of Kintail Conservation Area.
Kids, aged 6-11, can attend a local watershed Summer Camp for hands-on learning and environmental leadership. Check out available dates for upcoming day camps held at The Mill of Kintail (Ottawa, ON).
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Have your wedding at the historic Cloister-On-The-Hill, and take your photos against a backdrop of bright flowers, lush trees and the 1832 Nepean sandstone Grist Mill. With space for conferences, you’ll escape to one of the best sites in Ontario.
Well below average spring flows could lead to lower than normal summer water levels throughout the watershed
APRIL 23, 2015 MISSISSIPPI VALLEY WATERSHED—Water levels across the watershed have peaked and are on the decline. This is the 3rd lowest spring peak flow recorded at the Appleton stream gauge since records began being maintained in 1918. With very little precipitation in the forecast over the next couple of weeks, water levels could be significantly lower than normal leading into the summer months, typically defined as the long weekend in May.
The majority of the snow pack that did exist across the Mississippi watershed disappeared through sublimation (going from a solid to a vapour) rather than melting which produces runoff to refill the lakes. As such, most of the upper lakes that are drawn down in the fall to store the spring runoff are significantly lower than normal at this time. MVCA will continue to operate the dams with the objective of reaching the normal target water levels by the end of May but will require substantial rainfall for those targets to be reached.
Historically, a low spring peak can be followed by a second peak in late May or June when rains occur. Although this cannot be determined at this time, residents should be aware that MVCA will be endeavouring to reach normal summer target levels and this could cause flooding to any docks installed prior to reaching those levels. Boaters should also be aware that there may be additional hazards on the lakes due to the lower water levels. Parents are reminded to advise their children about the dangers of playing near the rivers and creeks. Water temperatures are still cold and while flows are below normal, they are still high compared to summer conditions.
This Watershed Conditions Statement is valid through May 18, 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