July 25, 2019 – Kawartha Conservation’s Board of Directors has approved the newly completed Bobcaygeon Flood Plain Mapping study.
The Bobcaygeon watershed is located at the northeast end of Sturgeon Lake, with the extent of the mapping from just below the Sturgeon Lake Dam at the Big Bob Channel and Bobcaygeon River along Front Street to just north of Bick Street.
“Flood plain mapping has been determined for the Bobcaygeon Tributary, which did not previously have detailed floodplain mapping,” explained Galen Yerex, Floodplain GIS & Mapping Technician. “It is important to have this information to determine where existing flood hazard occur, identify other areas of concern and provide quality information to promote safe future development.”
In 2012, Kawartha Conservation initiated a multi-year capital project on behalf of the City of Kawartha Lakes to complete flood plain mapping for 10 identified priority flood prone sub-watersheds in the municipality. The flood plain mapping assists the City in planning for future growth and development and to support the development or enhancement of the City’s Emergency Management Plans.
In Bobcaygeon, the riverine system can be low and even sometimes dry in the summer; however, it tends to have high water conditions in the spring with quick runoff that affects a number of residences, properties and roads.
“We have completed seven of the 10 identified areas where flood plain mapping is required,” explained Mr. Yerex. “Mariposa Brook will be completed later this year and we anticipate McLaren Creek and Fenelon Falls South flood plain mapping will be completed in early 2020.”
Kawartha Conservation and City of Kawartha Lakes staff will host a public information session in August 2019 at the Bobcaygeon Community Centre. The purpose of the public information session will be to introduce, highlight and showcase the Bobcaygeon Flood Plain Mapping report and flood maps/floodline to members of the public. Dates will be announced closer to the open houses.