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Kawartha Conservation is advising local residents that the large Kawartha Lakes, specifically Cameron, Balsam, Sturgeon lakes and Pigeon Lake are experiencing elevated water levels as a large amount of water moves through the Trent River system.

DATE:    April 10, 2017     
TIME:    2:00 pm               

Message sent on the basis of information received from:
•    Kawartha Conservation Flood Forecasting Network
•    Environment Canada
•    Ministry of Natural Resources - Surface Water Monitoring Centre
•    Trent-Severn Waterway
 
Kawartha Conservation is advising local residents that the large Kawartha Lakes, specifically Cameron, Balsam, Sturgeon lakes and Pigeon Lake are experiencing elevated water levels as a large amount of water moves through the Trent River system.

Water levels in the Kawartha Lakes have been increasing over the last several days in response to high water flows in rivers, including the Burnt and Gull rivers, which flow into the Kawartha Lakes from the north. Significant runoff from the precipitation that fell last week, as well as the melting of remnant of snow cover still present in the headwaters of these northern tributaries, contributes to the higher flows.

While no flooding is anticipated at this time within the Kawartha Conservation jurisdiction, lake water levels are expected to remain elevated. Shorelines and banks are saturated, and may slippery, and undercut. Kawartha Conservation is asking all residents, especially children, to use caution around the lakes.
Trent-Severn Waterway officials are assessing the situation on an ongoing basis and are adjusting flows through water control structures accordingly. Dams in Fenelon Falls and Bobcaygeon are open to accommodate increased flows of the Burnt River and the other northern tributaries.
Staff from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry monitor water levels of Burnt and Gull Rivers and provide flood messages for those areas.

Kawartha Conservation is in regular communication with all partners involved in flood forecasting, warning and response including Trent-Sever Waterway, Ministry of Natural Resources, neighboring Conservation Authorities and member-municipalities. We will continue monitoring local watercourses and notify the public and municipalities within our watershed jurisdiction of any changes.

This Watershed Conditions Statement-Water Safety will be in effect until Thursday, April 13, 2017.  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 & Technical Services

Published in Flood Messages

WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT – WATER SAFETY

Kawartha Conservation is warning all residents to stay away from all water bodies, as well as water structures such as bridges, culverts, and dams. Children should be warned of dangerous conditions and caregivers should maintain a close watch on children who are outside.

DATE:    April 6, 2017       
TIME:    1:00 pm               

Message sent on the basis of information received from:
•    Kawartha Conservation Flood Forecasting Network
•    Environment Canada
•    Ministry of Natural Resources - Surface Water Monitoring Centre
•    Trent-Severn Waterway
 
Another intense low-pressure system is tracking throughout southern Ontario, bringing rain, heavy at times. Rain is expected to continue all day with total rainfall amounts of 25 to 35 mm.

Water levels and flows in local watercourses within Kawartha Conservation watershed are elevated in response to precipitation received on Tuesday. As the soil is saturated, forecast rain will produce additional runoff that will further increase water levels and flows in local rivers and streams. While no major flooding is anticipated at this time within the Kawartha Conservation jurisdiction, water accumulation will be occurring in low-lying areas, road ditches, and areas with poor drainage. Rivers and stream may exceed their bankfull levels. All local watercourses will run fast and high and should be considered extremely dangerous.

Kawartha Conservation is warning all residents to stay away from all water bodies, as well as water structures such as bridges, culverts, and dams. Children should be warned of dangerous conditions and caregivers should maintain a close watch on children who are outside.

As it is reported by the partner agencies, snowpack remnants are still observed at the upper portions of the Burnt and Gull River basins. With warm temperatures, combined runoff from rainfall and snowmelt will be significant. As a result, water levels at the large Kawartha Lakes are expected to increase over the next few days as the lakes receive input from those northern tributaries.  

Trent-Severn Waterway officials are monitoring the current situation closely and are adjusting dam settings throughout the system as per their water level management strategy. Staff from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry monitor water levels of Burnt and Gull Rivers and provide flood messages for those areas.

Municipalities are advised to monitor areas known for minor flooding and be prepared to respond to high water situations as they occur. As local municipalities are first to respond to and assist with flood emergencies, residents are advised to contact their municipalities should a flood threat develop.


Kawartha Conservation is in regular communication with all partners involved in flood forecasting, warning and response such as Trent-Sever Waterway, Ministry of Natural Resources, neighboring Conservation Authorities and member-municipalities. We will continue monitoring local watercourses and notify the public and municipalities within our watershed jurisdiction of any changes.

This Watershed Conditions Statement-Water Safety will be in effect until Monday, April 10, 2017.  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 & Technical Services

Published in Flood Messages

Lindsay, ON – Kawartha Conservation staff have launched an 18-month project to update the Burnt River Flood Plain Mapping, last completed in 1991.
City of Kawartha Lakes and Conservation Authority staff were informed in late October they had received a 50 percent grant from the federal government towards the $133,000 project.
“Once completed the Burnt River Flood Plain Mapping update will allow us to address development in a smart, planned way,” explained Kawartha Lakes Ward 3 Councillor Gord Miller. “Not only will it help protect new people moving into the area, it will also protect the people that are already there.”
Technology has improved dramatically since the flood plain mapping was last completed in 1991.
Kawartha Conservation and City staff both agree, when complete, the updated flood plain mapping will provide better emergency management and planning information.
“This project will serve as an important update to the existing flood plain mapping for the area,” said Mark Majchrowski, Director of Integrated Watershed Management and Science. “Ultimately with newer technology and processes we will be able to refine the Burnt River flood plain mapping with new detailed topographical information.
“Given the historic flooding issues along the Burnt River watershed, this new detailed flood plain mapping will aid in ensuring safe planning and development work and help provide invaluable information moving forward,” he continued.
Coun. Miller added that all of the updated learning and information that is provided through flood plain mapping puts the municipality and partner agencies in a better position to address potential issues.
“With the improved technology, the data from the updated flood plain mapping will allow us to be much more prepared for potential threats,” said Coun. Miller. “We will be able to share the information and data with partner agencies like Trent Severn Waterway and Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry so that we can all address challenges as they arise.”
Work on the updated Burnt River flood plain mapping has already begun with the work expected to wrap up by the end of March 2018.

Published in Media Releases

Omemee East Tributary Flood Plain Mapping Information Meeting

Kawartha Conservation, in partnership with the City of Kawartha Lakes is undertaking a flood plain mapping project for the Omemee East Tributary.

Together, we are hosting an information session for property owners and interested members of the public to inform you about the study findings.

The public information session is being held on Thursday, November 10 from 5-7 pm with a presentation starting at 6 pm at Coronation Hall in Omemee.  

Published in Media Releases
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