Re: WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT – Low Water Update # 8 – November 2, 2016
DESPITE WET WEATHER, WATERSHED REMAINS IN LEVEL III / SEVERE DROUGHT
November 2, 2016 MISSISSIPPI VALLEY WATERSHED— The Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) is advising residents that despite the rainfall received last weekend, the entire watershed remains at a Level III / Severe status.
“Conditions have improved from what they were a week ago. The Mississippi River watershed received an average of about 38 mm of rainfall last weekend, while some areas to the south received in excess of 100 mm. The creeks and rivers are still well below normal for this time of year and the drawdown on most of the upper lakes is nearing completion,” states Gord Mountenay, Water Management Supervisor for MVCA.
The Clyde and Fall Rivers have shown a significant improvement in levels but the flows are still less than 30 % of the normal for this time of year and are slowly receding. The Carp River has returned to “normal conditions” but is also dropping quickly and is expected to return to previous conditions over the next week
MVCA continues to advise the general public to use extreme caution while out on area waterways for recreational purposes such as hunting and boating.
The LWRT continues to urge those residents and residents on well systems to use water conservatively. Water conservation is recommended for everyone within the watershed although it is less critical in the urban area of Ottawa that is served by a water system which draws water from the Ottawa River.
Those businesses or residents that have permits for taking water from surface or groundwater sources are encouraged to reduce their actual taking as much as possible. We strongly urge residents not to use potable water for building ice rinks and avoid using pressure washers to clean houses, driveways, decks and fences as we head into the winter months. Municipalities may have invoked water restrictions, so check your municipality’s website for water restriction bylaws. For more water conservation tips visit www.mvc.on.ca.
In order to track impacts and define the severity of the drought conditions within the watershed, we request 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 a questionnaire on our website that can be filled out by the public that have witnessed environmental concerns or issues with dry wells to assist MVCA in documenting this event.
Daily water levels and flows are available on the MVCA website at http://mvc.on.ca/water-levels/.