What is Water Management?
Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority monitors the effect of development and land use to assess watershed conditions. This is done through field monitoring, remote sensing and gathering and interpreting information on the status of water and water related natural resources on an ongoing basis. The careful monitoring of water levels ensures that a flood forecasting and warning service is ever-ready to help municipal officials and the general public take appropriate action in a flood emergency.
Water Control on Mississippi River includes:
- Water supply
- Flood protection
- Recreation and tourism
- Fish and wildlife habitat
Water Control Structures
- 30 water control structures on system
- MVCA owns and maintains 11
- MVCA operates 8 additional structures under contract with Ontario Power Generation and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
Mississippi River Water Management Plan
MVCA works closely with hydro-electric producers, provincial and federal agencies, first nations and other stakeholders to provide coordinated operation of the river system. Read the management plan.
Flood Forecasting and Warning
MVCA is the lead agency for monitoring the potential for local flood threats and to alert emergency response agencies and the public. Through this service, MVC monitors snow cover, water levels and runoff conditions across the watershed, assesses the risks posed by advancing weather systems on flood prone areas and advises emergency response personnel in the affected areas. Understand Flood Forecasting and Warning.