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Monday, 27 February 2017 11:06

Free Water Well Workshop March 8 in Cambray

CAMBRAY, ON – February 27, 2017 – Homeowners, residents and business owners will have an opportunity to hear from and talk with experts during a FREE Water Well Workshop on March 8 at the Fenelon Township Community Centre (Cambray).

The Managing Your Well During Drought workshop will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Fenelon Township Community Centre (Cambray) and will cover a number of topics of interest to the local community.

“We heard from a number of concerned residents and business owners about their wells as the region experienced a prolonged period of below average precipitation throughout much of 2016,” explained Stewardship Outreach Technician Greg Bunker. “As a result we are bringing together staff and experts to help address questions and provide valuable information in an open forum.”

Eades Well Drilling Well Technician Greg Bullock will join Kawartha Conservation Stewardship Coordinator Holly Shipclark for the evening’s workshop.

Ms. Shipclark will provide an up to date introduction about current watershed conditions and the concerns that have arisen as a result, while Mr. Bullock will help well owners better understand their well and how to maintain it.

Ward 4 Councillor Andrew Veale said the free workshop would be a great opportunity for local residents to hear about best practices for managing their wells during dry conditions.

“This is a great opportunity for area residents that are new to having a well, as well as those who have always had a well, to hear about best practices for managing there wells during periods of low precipitation,” Coun. Veale said.

 This will be the second Water Well Workshop with more than 60 people attending a similar workshop in Blackstock in December.

“To further help area residents with the challenges of low water, we will also be providing a series of workshops in Blackstock and in Lindsay on water harvesting,” explained Mr. Bunker. “We plan to roll those workshops out at the end of March and into April and will be sharing details regarding where and when as we get closer.”

If you have questions or concerns about your well, you are encouraged to attend the Free Water Well Workshop on March 8 from 7 to 9 p.m.

For more information, please contact Greg Bunker at 705-328-2271 Ext. 242 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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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 improved water levels and water flows significantly, resulting in the move to a Level I low water condition.  

“Recorded three month precipitation from October to December ranged from 66 percent in the north to 86 percent at Ken Reid Conservation Area,” explained Kawartha Conservation Hydrologist Iryna Shulyarenko. “However, actual December precipitation ranged from 110 percent of average December values in the north to 149 percent of December averages at Ken Reid Conservation Area.

“Our flow indicators for December also show that all of the watershed’s monitoring locations reported flows that are significantly higher than the long-term minimum monthly summer flow,” added Ms. Shulyarenko.

In December, the Pigeon River monitoring station showed flows at 113 percent of the Minimum monthly summer flow, while the Blackstock Creek monitoring station reported flows at 335 percent and Nonquon River, near Port Perry showed flows at 550 percent of the minimum monthly summer flow.

While the increased precipitation is good news for residents and businesses across the Kawartha Conservation watershed, ground water supplies are not likely to be significantly impacted until spring when air temperature returns to the stable above freezing mark.

“Those individuals with very, very shallow wells may notice some improvement, but we are not anticipating much improvement in the ground water supply until spring as the infiltration from melting snow becomes steady,” said Ms. Shulyarenko. “We are continuing to ask residents and businesses to voluntarily reduce their water consumption. Water is a shared resource and every little bit of water conservation will help make a difference for you and your neighbour.”

In response to the impact of the low water conditions on ground water supplies during 2016, Kawartha Conservation, in conjunction with the City of Kawartha Lakes, Farm & Food Care and the Ontario Ministry Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs are hosting a one-day Agricultural drought resilience workshop in Fenelon Falls on Tuesday, January 31.

“We’ve heard from members of our agricultural community about the challenges they have experienced over the last year,” said Ms. Shipclark. “This aim of this workshop is to provide valuable information from a variety of sources to area farmers and landowners. We have put together an agenda that will help address a lot of the questions and provide important and useful information for our agricultural community.”

The cost for the event is $20 and includes lunch. Interested persons must register Online in advance at www.KawarthaConservation.com/agwater or by contacting Kelly Maloney at the City of Kawartha Lakes, 705-324-9411 Ext. 1208.

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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 Hydrologist Iryna Shulyarenko.

Kawartha Conservation and the Kawartha Water Response Team partners are encouraging residents and businesses to practice water conservation during the holidays to help alleviate the burden on the already-depleted ground water supplies.

“We are hearing from a number of rural residents about wells running dry across the watershed,” said Stewardship Coordinator Holly Shipclark. “In early December we held a Water Well Workshop in Blackstock that was attended by more than 65 people. We will also be holding a one-day workshop for members of the agricultural community on January 31 in Fenelon Falls.”

The Ontario Low Water Response Program was developed by the Province to help coordinate and support local response in the event of a prolonged period of low stream flows or precipitation. There are three levels of Low Water Conditions with Level I being the least severe and Level III being the most severe.
To learn more about Ontario’s Low Water Response program or to learn how you can help reduce water residential or business water usage visits our website at www.kawarthaconservation.com/watershed/low-water.

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Wednesday, 23 November 2016 11:53

Free Water Well Workshop December 5 in Blackstock

BLACKSTOCK, ON – November 23Water Well Workshop Postcard 2, 2016 – As many people continue to struggle with the drought conditions that have impacted the Kawartha Conservation watershed, homeowners, residents and business owners will have an opportunity to hear from and talk with experts during a FREE Water Well Workshop December 5 in Blackstock.

The Managing Your Well During Drought workshop will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Blackstock Recreation Complex and will cover a number of topics of interest to the local community.

“We have heard from a number of concerned residents and business owners about their wells as the region continues to experience a prolonged period of below average precipitation,” explained Stewardship Technician Mackenzie Kirkham. “As a result we are bringing together staff and experts to help address questions and provide valuable information in an open forum.”

Eades Well Drilling Well Technician Greg Bullock will join Kawartha Conservation Stewardship Coordinator Holly Shipclark and Stewardship Technician Greg Bunker for the evening’s workshop.

“Holly will provide an up to date introduction about current watershed conditions and the concerns that have arisen as a result.   Greg Bullock will then lead participants through a water well self-assessment, to help well owners better understand their well and how to maintain it,” explained Stewardship Technician Mackenzie Kirkham.

Greg Bunker will introduce water harvesting and conservation techniques in response to the ongoing low water levels.

“This will be the first in a series of Water Well Workshops with additional sessions planned for other parts of the watershed in the New Year,” said Ms. Kirkham. “The southern portion of the watershed has been experiencing exceptionally dry conditions this year and we wanted to provide this valuable information to well owners across that area as soon as possible.”

If you have questions or concerns about your well, you are encouraged to attend the Free Water Well Workshop on December 5 from 7 to 9 p.m.

For more information, please contact Mackenzie Kirkham at 705-328-2271 Ext. 241 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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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 of the watershed’s monitoring locations reported flows that are significantly lower than the long-term minimum monthly summer flow.”

Making matters worse, for the first 18 days of November, Port Perry had received only 12.6 percent of the average November precipitation while Indian Point Provincial Park had registered just about 7 percent.

“On average, Port Perry receives 92mm of precipitation in November and Indian Point receives 109.3mm of precipitation,” said Ms. Shulyarenko. “For the first 18 days of November only 12.6mm was recorded by the Port Perry weather monitoring station and only 7.6mm was recorded at Indian Point Provincial Park.”

Kawartha Water Response Team members are hoping for significant precipitation before the ground freezes to help replenish the ground water supply. Unfortunately, officials with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry note their weather models show above average temperatures and below average precipitation into December before temperatures drop to below seasonal averages and the ground freezes.

“We are continuing to ask residents and businesses to voluntarily reduce their water consumption,” said Ms. Shulyarenko. “Water is a shared resource and every little bit of water conservation will help make a difference for you and your neighbour. This is especially important for residents with shallow wells as ongoing conservation practices can make a significant difference after the ground freezes and aquifer recharge will be greatly reduced.”

In response to the continued negative impact of the low water conditions on ground water supplies, the Kawartha Conservation Water Response Team is presenting free water well workshops with a focus on managing your well to maintain a reliable source of high quality water for domestic use.

“On Monday, December 5 we will be hosting a workshop at the Blackstock Recreation Complex from 7 to 9 p.m.,” said Kawartha Conservation Stewardship Technician Mackenzie Kirkham. “The two-hour session will include a talk with Greg Bullock of Eades Well Drilling who will be discussing how to conduct a water well self-assessment, among other things.” Kawartha Conservation staff will explain outdoor water conservation techniques in response to the current low water  conditions.”

Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend the free water well workshop on December 5. Additional water well workshops will be announced early in the New Year.

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