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Re:       Level 1 Low Water Condition Terminated – July 19, 2021

Watershed Conditions Return to NORMAL

July 19, 2021 MISSISSIPPI VALLEY WATERSHED — With the precipitation received over the last month, flow conditions have returned to normal for this time of year.  As a result, the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) is terminating the Level 1 Low Water Condition.  

The upper watershed lakes and Crotch Lake reservoir are now within target levels.  Seasonal flows will be released from the Crotch Lake reservoir for the remainder of the summer. The MVCA’s Water Management team will continue monitoring weather, water level and flow conditions and issue updates as required. Water level and flow data are available online at


Contact: Jennifer North
Water Resource Technologist
613-253-0006 ext. 243

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Low Water Response Program Status

NORMALWater levels are within acceptable parameters.
Level IFirst indication of potential water supply problems, primarily a warning level – key focus is conservation of water.
Level IIIndicates a potentially serious problem – conservation of water is extended to restrictions on non-essential uses.
Level IIIIndicates a failure of the water supply to meet demand – Key focus is on regulation & enforcement.