Level 1 Low Water Advisory
Despite recent rainfall river levels continue to be approximately 25% of the normal summer low flow. As a result, a Level 1 Low Water Advisory is now in place for the Maitland and Nine Mile River watersheds.
There are three levels of low water conditions set out by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. Level 1 is the first indication of a potential water supply problem, managed through voluntary water conservation. When a Level 1 advisory is in place, users pumping from the river are asked to reduce consumption by 10%.
Low flows are expected to be a challenge throughout the remainder of the summer. The soil moisture deficit is high so it will take significant, prolonged rains before the rivers return to normal levels.
As our local climate changes, stewardship projects that help to create a resilient watershed are increasingly important. Cover crops, windbreaks, fragile land retirement and erosion control measures can all help to mitigate weather extremes. For information on grant programs available in the Maitland and Nine Mile River watersheds, please contact Doug Hocking, Water Quality Specialist: firstname.lastname@example.org or 519-335-3557 ext. 236.