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Thursday, 19 March 2015 08:36

Watershed Conditions Statement - Water Safety


DATE:                   March 18, 2015

TIME:                   3:00 p.m.

Message sent on the basis of information received from:

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

Kawartha Conservation advises that the Watershed Conditions Statement - Water Safety remains in effect. The public and especially children are advised to stay away from local waterbodies as high flows, unstable ice cover and slippery banks result in extremely dangerous conditions.

As a result of warmer weather experienced over the past week, the snowpack around the watershed has decreased substantially. Smaller creeks and streams have already cleared from ice. Ice cover on larger watercourses and lakes continues to deteriorate. A moderate increase in local river and stream water levels, as well as accumulation of water in low-lying areas, road ditches, and areas with poor drainage has been observed.

Trent-Severn Waterway officials report that the water levels in the larger lakes across the Kawarthas are lower than normal for this time of the year due to low inflows experienced in the winter months. It is estimated that storage capacity is adequate to accept run off from the existing snowpack. The TSW monitors this situation closely and undertakes dam stop logging operations as required.

As current weather pattern is expected to persist, gradual melting of snow will continue. While no flooding is anticipated at this time, local watercourses will continue to flow at higher than usual water levels and velocities. As a result, all local rivers, streams, and lakes continue to be extremely dangerous; riverbanks are very slippery and unsafe. Ice cover where it remains is unstable and hazardous. Kawartha Conservation is warning all residents to stay away from water bodies, as well as water structures such as bridges, culverts, and dams.

This Watershed Conditions Statement - Water Safety will be in effect through Monday, March 23, 2015.

Kawartha Conservation will continue monitoring local watercourses and notify the public and municipalities within its watershed jurisdiction of any changes. If you are aware of or have concerns about flooding or ice jams, please contact Kawartha Conservation at 705.328.2271 or 705.344.0155 after hours.

Iryna Shulyarenko                                                         Dave Pridham           

Hydrologist                                                                     Manager, Environmental & Technical Services