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As reported by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and Trent-Severn Waterway, flow in the northern tributaries continues to increase due to intensified runoff from the snowmelt and precipitation. As those rivers flow into the Kawartha Lakes, water levels of Balsam, Cameron, Sturgeon and Pigeon Lakes will continue to rise. The daily rates of water level increase has been from 2 to 7 cm over the last week; however, it may intensify as more rain is forecast, starting Thursday.

Water SafetyWATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT – WATER SAFETY – KAWARTHA LAKES

DATE:    April 16, 2019
TIME:    11:00 am             

Message sent on the basis of information received from:

  • Kawartha Conservation Flood Forecasting Network
  • Trent-Severn Waterway
  • Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
  • Environment Canada

    Affected Municipalities:

  • City of Kawartha Lakes
  • Municipality of Trent Lakes

A WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT – WATER SAFETY is in effect for the shoreline areas of Balsam, Cameron, Sturgeon and Pigeon Lakes. The Watershed Conditions Statement – Flood Outlook issued on April 12th is no longer in effect.

The water levels in the large Kawartha Lakes will continue rising due to increased inflows from northern tributaries such as the Burnt and Gull rivers.

As reported by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and Trent-Severn Waterway, flow in the northern tributaries continues to increase due to intensified runoff from the snowmelt and precipitation. As those rivers flow into the Kawartha Lakes, water levels of Balsam, Cameron, Sturgeon and Pigeon Lakes will continue to rise. The daily rates of water level increase has been from 2 to 7 cm over the last week; however, it may intensify as more rain is forecast, starting Thursday.

Water levels in local rivers and streams within the Kawartha Conservation watershed are elevated at this time from precipitation received over the past weekend.
No flooding problems are anticipated at this time. However, all near shore areas should be considered dangerous. Currents in the vicinity of dams are swift and treacherous; remnants of ice cover where it still exists, is weak and unstable.

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

Trent-Severn Waterway officials are monitoring water levels and flows throughout the system very closely and make adjustments to the water control structures as required. Additional information from the TSW is available at the Water Management InfoNet web page https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/on/trentsevern/info/infonet.

Water levels of northern tributaries such as the Gull and Burnt rivers continuing increasing. For additional information on Gull and Burnt River conditions please refer to the messages issued by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) at https://www.ontario.ca/law-and-safety/flood-forecasting-and-warning-program or contact the Minden Area office at 705-286-5207.

This Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety – Kawartha Lakes will be in effect until Thursday, April 18th, 2019.  
Kawartha Conservation will continue monitoring water levels and flows and notify the public and municipalities within its watershed jurisdiction of any changes. We are in close communication with partner agencies such as the Trent Severn Waterway, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, and neighbouring Conservation Authorities as to this situation.

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                                                                         Emma Collyer
Hydrologist                                                                                    Director, Integrated Watershed Management

Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety is a general notice that existing or potential conditions pose a risk to personal safety.  Watershed Conditions Statements - Water Safety may be issued when streams are flowing at or near bankfull levels, when ice conditions are unsafe, or when stream banks are icy, soft and/or slippery.
Flood Forecasting services for the Burnt and Gull Rivers watersheds are provided by Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Minden Office (tel. 705-286-5207)

A WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT – WATER SAFETY is in effect for the shoreline areas of Balsam, Cameron, Sturgeon and Pigeon Lakes.

The water levels in the large Kawartha Lakes are expected to rise over the next few days due to higher inflows from northern tributaries such as the Burnt and Gull rivers.

As reported by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and Trent-Severn Waterway, flow in the northern tributaries will keep increasing as a result of intensified runoff from the snowmelt and upcoming precipitation. As those rivers flow into the Kawartha Lakes, water levels of Balsam, Cameron, Sturgeon and Pigeon Lakes will continue rising.

Water SafetyWATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT – WATER SAFETY – KAWARTHA LAKES

DATE:    April 11, 2019
TIME:    12:30 pm   

          
Message sent on the basis of information received from:

  • Kawartha Conservation Flood Forecasting Network
  • Trent-Severn Waterway
  • Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
  • Environment Canada

Affected Municipalities:

  • City of Kawartha Lakes
  • Municipality of Trent Lakes


A WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT – WATER SAFETY is in effect for the shoreline areas of Balsam, Cameron, Sturgeon and Pigeon Lakes.

The water levels in the large Kawartha Lakes are expected to rise over the next few days due to higher inflows from northern tributaries such as the Burnt and Gull rivers.

As reported by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and Trent-Severn Waterway, flow in the northern tributaries will keep increasing as a result of intensified runoff from the snowmelt and upcoming precipitation. As those rivers flow into the Kawartha Lakes, water levels of Balsam, Cameron, Sturgeon and Pigeon Lakes will continue rising.

The daily rate of water level rise is expected to increase, compared to recent conditions.

Water levels in local rivers and streams within the Kawartha Conservation watershed are slightly elevated at this time from ongoing spring snow melt and past precipitation events.

No flooding problems are anticipated at this time. However, all near shore areas should be considered dangerous. Currents in the vicinity of dams are swift and treacherous; remnants of ice cover where it still exists, is weak and unstable.

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

Trent-Severn Waterway officials are monitoring water levels and flows throughout the system very closely and make adjustments to the water control structures as required.

Additional information from the TSW is available at the Water Management InfoNet web page https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/on/trentsevern/info/infonet.

Water levels of northern tributaries such as the Gull and Burnt rivers continuing increasing. For additional information on Gull and Burnt River conditions please refer to the messages issued by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) at https://www.ontario.ca/law-and-safety/flood-forecasting-and-warning-program or contact the Minden Area office at 705-286-5207.

This Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety – Kawartha Lakes will be in effect until Monday, April 15th, 2019.  

Kawartha Conservation will continue monitoring water levels and flows and notify the public and municipalities within its watershed jurisdiction of any changes. We are in close communication with partner agencies such as the Trent Severn Waterway, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, and neighbouring Conservation Authorities as to this situation.

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                                                                         Emma Collyer
Hydrologist                                                                                    Director, Integrated Watershed Management

Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety is a general notice that existing or potential conditions pose a risk to personal safety.  Watershed Conditions Statements - Water Safety may be issued when streams are flowing at or near bankfull levels, when ice conditions are unsafe, or when stream banks are icy, soft and/or slippery.
Flood Forecasting services for the Burnt and Gull Rivers watersheds are provided by Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Minden Office (tel. 705-286-5207)

A strong low-pressure system is expected to track just south of the Lower Great Lakes on Saturday bringing periods of rain for southern Ontario, including Kawartha Conservation watershed. Up to 25-30 mm of rain is expected across the watershed jurisdiction, before the system moves out of the region by Sunday morning.

Water SafetyWATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT - WATER SAFETY

DATE:                   March 29, 2019
TIME:                   1:30 p.m.

Message sent on the basis of information received from:
•    Kawartha Conservation Flood Forecasting Network
•    Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry - Surface Water Monitoring Centre
•    Environment Canada
•    Trent Severn  Waterway

A strong low-pressure system is expected to track just south of the Lower Great Lakes on Saturday bringing periods of rain for southern Ontario, including Kawartha Conservation watershed. Up to 25-30 mm of rain is expected across the watershed jurisdiction, before the system moves out of the region by Sunday morning.

Water levels and flows in local streams are slightly elevated in response to the ongoing snowmelt. Majority of the snowpack throughout the watershed has melted, however some dense snow remains in the forested and shadowed areas. As ground cover is generally frozen or wet, it has limited capacity to adsorb extra runoff.

Under these circumstances, levels and velocities in local watercourses are expected to increase moderately.  However, no flooding problems are anticipated at this time. In addition, the ice cover on the majority of rivers and streams has been broken, so there in no immediate threat of ice jams.  

Nevertheless, in current watershed conditions all local rivers, streams, ditches and lakes should be considered extremely dangerous. Riverbanks are slippery, unsafe and could be undercut. Stream currents are strong and temperatures dangerously cold.  Kawartha Conservation is warning all residents to stay away from 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.

This Watershed Conditions Statement-Water Safety will be in effect through to midday Monday Apr 2, 2019.

Kawartha Conservation will continue monitoring local watercourses and notify the public and municipalities within its watershed jurisdiction of any changes. We are in close communication with partner agencies such as the Trent Severn Waterway, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, and neighbouring Conservation Authorities as to the current situation. 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                                                           Emma Collyer                                                                                                               
Hydrologist                                                                     Director, Integrated Watershed Management

Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety is a general notice that existing or potential conditions pose a risk to personal safety.  Watershed Conditions Statements - Water Safety may be issued when streams are flowing at or near bankfull levels, when ice conditions are unsafe, or when stream banks are icy, soft and/or slippery.

February 28, 2019 – Kawartha Conservation is reminding residents of the dangers that exist near bodies of water, particularly around this time of year, and urges people to keep family and pets away from the edges of all waterways.

Spring is quickly approaching and with warmer temperatures, people look forward to getting outdoors. However, warmer temperatures will bring higher water levels and faster flowing water in local watercourses.

Although we have experienced a few thaws this winter, the snow cover that is currently observed throughout the Kawartha Conservation watershed is typical for the beginning of March. The ground remains frozen and local rivers, streams and lakes are covered in ice. With warmer weather, comes melting snow, and potential rain will contribute to higher water levels and increased velocities in local watercourses.

As well, slippery and unstable streambanks and extremely cold water temperatures can also lead to very hazardous and dangerous conditions close to any body of water. Ice cover will weaken and become unstable.

Be safe this spring by remembering the following tips:

•    Keep family and pets away from all bodies of water
•    Avoid all recreational activities in or around water
•    Always stay off closed roads. If you do come near to flooded roads or fast-moving water, do not attempt to drive or walk through the current.
•    If you live close to the water, move objects such as chairs or benches away from the water’s edge to avoid losing them during the spring high water

For more information, contact your local Conservation Authority.

•    Kawartha Conservation    (705) 328-2271
•    Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority    (905) 895-1281
•    Toronto & Region Conservation Authority    (416) 661-6514
•    Conservation Halton    (905) 336-1158
•    Credit Valley Conservation     (905) 670-1615
•    Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority    (905) 579-0411
•    Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority    (905) 885-8173
•    Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority        (705) 424-1479

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March 9, 2018 – With March Break just around the corner, Kawartha Conservation is reminding residents of dangers that can exist near streams, rivers, ponds and lakes around this time of year and urges people to keep family and pets away from any water’s edge.

Spring is quickly approaching and with warmer temperatures, people look forward to getting outdoors.  Warmer temperatures, however, also usually bring rain, melting snow and shifting ice which can contribute to higher, faster flowing water in watercourses.

Although Kawartha Conservation’s watershed received a typical amount of snow this past winter, the warmer temperatures experienced through February has resulted in an early snowmelt.  Notwithstanding, the ground within Kawartha Conservation’s watershed remains saturated in many places and in periods of intense rain, there could be a higher amount of runoff in a much shorter interval than usual.  In addition, slippery and unstable streambanks and extremely cold water temperatures can also lead to very hazardous conditions close to any body of water.

Please keep family members and pets safely away from any water’s edge.

For more information, contact your local Conservation Authority.

•    Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority    (905) 895-1281
•    Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority   (905) 579-0411
•    Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority       (905) 885-8173
•    Otonabee Region Conservation Authority        (705) 745-5791

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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

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Friday, 26 June 2015 16:17

Watershed Conditions Statement

A low pressure system is moving through Southern Ontario, bringing significant amounts of precipitation into the Kawartha Conservation watershed.  Environment Canada forecasts that the rain will arrive Saturday and continue through to Sunday afternoon and may be heavy at times.   Rainfall accumulations of 30mm to 50mm are forecasted over the weekend in our watershed.  There is also a risk of thunderstorms that may bring higher rainfall amounts in localized areas. 

For the most part, watercourses in the watershed have returned to near normal conditions after heavy precipitation early in the week.  However, ground conditions remain saturated and are likely to contribute increased runoff resulting from the forecast rain event.  Should forecast precipitation materialize, local flooding of low lying areas can be expected.

The forecasted rainfall will result in higher flows in all rivers and streams, resulting in dangerous flow conditions.  All watercourses in our area will experience higher than normal water levels.  As a result, local streams will become dangerous, especially in the vicinity of culverts of bridges.  Children should be warned to stay away from all watercourses.

This Watershed Conditions Statement - Water Safety will be in effect through Monday, June 29, 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                                                       Rob Messervey                                      

Hydrologist                                                                   Chief Administrative Officer

 
 

 

 

Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety is a general notice that existing or potential conditions pose a risk to personal safety.  Watershed Conditions Statements - Water Safety may be issued when streams are flowing at or near bankfull levels, when ice conditions are unsafe, or when stream banks are icy, soft and/or slippery.

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