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Friday, 19 May 2017 15:19

WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT – WATER SAFETY - KAWARTHA LAKES

A WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT – WATER SAFETY remains in effect for the shoreline areas of Balsam, Cameron, Sturgeon and Pigeon lakes. Water levels in all Kawartha Lakes within the Kawartha Conservation watershed continue declining.

WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT – WATER SAFETY – KAWARTHA LAKES

DATE:    May 19, 2017

TIME:    3:00 pm             

Message sent on the basis of information received from:

  • Kawartha Conservation Flood Forecasting Network
  • Trent-Severn Waterway
  • Ministry of Natural Resources - Surface Water Monitoring Centre
  • Environment Canada

Affected Municipalities:

  • City of Kawartha Lakes
  • Municipality of Trent Lakes

A WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT – WATER SAFETY remains in effect for the shoreline areas of Balsam, Cameron, Sturgeon and Pigeon lakes.

Water levels in all Kawartha Lakes within the Kawartha Conservation watershed continue declining as inflow from the northern tributaries decreases. Although 20 mm of precipitation is predicted for the region over the weekend, it is not expected to affect the decreasing trend of the large Kawartha Lakes.

The Trent Severn Waterway officials has delayed opening the navigation season as lakes and rivers within the system are above Full Navigations levels and boating conditions are presently deemed unsafe.  

As water levels with the Kawartha Lakes are still high, waterway currents in the vicinity of dams are swift and treacherous. All near shore areas should be considered extremely dangerous. Kawartha Conservation is warning all residents to stay a safe distance from all water bodies, as well as water structures such as bridges, culverts, and dams. Shorelines and banks are saturated, and may be slippery and undercut. Children should be warned of dangerous conditions and caregivers should maintain a close watch on children who are outside.

This Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety - Kawartha Lakes will be in effect until Tuesday, May 23rd 2017. Kawartha Conservation will continue monitoring water levels and watershed conditions and notify the public and municipalities within its watershed jurisdiction of any changes. If you are aware of or have concerns about flooding, please contact Kawartha Conservation at 705.328.2271 or 705.344.0155 after hours.

Iryna Shulyarenko                                                                         Dave Pridham                   

Hydrologist                                                                                    Manager, Environmental and Technical Services

Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety is a general notice that existing or potential conditions pose a risk to personal safety. Watershed Conditions Statements - Water Safety may be issued when streams are flowing at or near bankfull levels, when ice conditions are unsafe, or when stream banks are icy, soft and/or slippery.

Flood Forecasting services for the Burnt and Gull Rivers watersheds are provided by Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Minden Office (tel. 705-286-5207)