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Low Water Messages

January 13, 2017 – The freeze thaw cycle that has characterized much of early winter across the Kawartha Conservation watershed, bringing both rain and snow to the region, has helped to improve lake levels and water flows. On Thursday, January 12, the Kawartha Water Response Team reduced the Level II low water condition declaration for the majority of the watershed to a Level I low water condition. In the Township of Scugog, where drought conditions during much of 2016 resulted in the most severe Level III low water declaration, mixed precipitation during December and the early parts of January have…
December 16, 2016 – The majority of the Kawartha Conservation watershed will remain in a Level II Low Water Condition at least through the balance of 2016 and into January, while a Level III Low Water Condition will remain in effect for the Township of Scugog. “We have seen some improvement in flows in local watercourses but precipitation has continued to be extremely low in November. The groundwater levels are still low and now, when temperatures are below the freezing mark, snow accumulates on the ground and there will be very little ground water recharge until spring,” explained Kawartha Conservation…
November 22, 2016 – Drought conditions are continuing across the Kawartha Conservation watershed with significantly-reduced precipitation in October and through the first half of November. On Monday, November 21, the Kawartha Water Response Team continued the Level II low water condition declaration for the majority of the watershed with a Level III low water condition declaration for the Township of Scugog. “Recorded three month precipitation from August to October was below the average precipitation for this period throughout the watershed,” explained Kawartha Conservation Hydrologist Iryna Shulyarenko. “Our flow indicators for October show that with the exception of Blackstock Creek, all…
Below normal rainfall observed over the past four months is continuing to bring very dry conditions to most of southern Ontario, including Kawartha Conservation’s watershed. As a result, a Kawartha Water Response Team has been established, and has upgraded the Low Water Condition levels within its watershed jurisdiction. The Water Response Team is coordinated by Kawartha Conservation, and includes local municipal, agriculture, recreation, NGO, and government representatives. The Team met on August 12th at Kawartha Conservation’s Administration Office to discuss the watershed’s status and next steps to respond to the drought situation. Moving forward, the Team will continue to encourage…
Kawartha Conservation has declared a Level 1 low water condition and is encouraging a voluntary 10% reduction in non-essential water use across the entire Kawartha Conservation watershed. This includes areas within the City of Kawartha Lakes, Scugog, Brock, Municipality of Trent lakes, Cavan Monaghan, and Clarington. According to the Ontario Low Water Response (OLWR) Program, the Level 1 low water condition is declared when a watershed receives only 80% or less of the normal amount of precipitation over a 3 month period. Level 1 is the lowest of three levels, and the first indication of potential water supply problems. Dry…