Re: WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT – Low Water Update # 10 – December 15, 2016
CONDITIONS IMPROVING – WATERSHED DOWNGRADES TO Level II / MODERATE Drought
December 15, 2016 MISSISSIPPI VALLEY WATERSHED— The Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) is advising residents that the rain and snowfall over the last two weeks has resulted in increased flows in smaller tributaries. This has led to increases in the main Mississippi River and has reduced the severity of the drought from Level III / Severe to Level II / Moderate status across the watershed.
“Last week’s rainfall has significantly impacted the watershed, especially the smaller tributaries such as the Fall and Clyde Rivers,” indicated Gord Mountenay, Water Management Supervisor for MVCA. “Flows have begun to drop again but not as quickly as we have seen earlier this year, and the watershed is still well below where it would normally be. The drought is not yet over, but there is a more optimistic outlook on conditions across the watershed. We are still advising 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 the general public to use extreme caution near or on area waterways. Snowmobilers should be aware that there may be exposed rock outcrops that normally would be underwater on lakes and rivers. Please note that ice conditions are not safe to venture out on yet.
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/.