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June 2, 2016 - LEVEL 1 LOW WATER CONDITION

Level 1 Low Water Condition

Quinte Conservation has declared a Level 1 Low Water Condition for the Quinte watersheds. Quinte Conservation Water Resources Manager, Christine McClure says, “Precipitation from March to the end of May for this year is only about 60 - 75 per cent of what it usually is, and that is what has triggered this Level 1 Low Water Condition. Current flow conditions in the Moira, Napanee and Salmon Rivers are extremely low for this time of year.”

McClure adds, “The long range forecast suggests that we may get some rain over the next week, but as long as precipitation is low these low water conditions will persist. It looks like it will be a dry start to the summer season. The water table has been dropping since the beginning of April because of little rainfall. People on private wells are encouraged to start conserving water now.”

A Level 1 Low Water Condition means the potential for water supply problems has been identified. A Level I condition is managed through existing programs of the Conservation Authorities, municipalities and other key provincial agencies. Low water conditions are ranked as Level 1, 2 or 3 based on a prolonged period of low flows or precipitation. A Level 1 is the least severe and Level 3 is the most severe.

McClure says, “With the potential for a dry summer, it’s time now to start thinking about conserving water."

Quinte Conservation is a community-based environmental protection agency. It serves 18 municipalities in the watersheds of the Moira, Napanee and Salmon Rivers and Prince Edward County. It provides cost-effective environmental expertise and leadership. Quinte Conservation’s main goal is to create a sustainable ecosystem where people and nature live in harmony.

For more information:
Jennifer May-Anderson
Jennifer May-Anderson
Communications Manager
(613) 968-3434 ext. 125
(613) 354-3312 ext. 125

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