While areas in the Quinte Conservation watershed received a good amount of rain over the past several days it hasn’t been enough to lift the area out of a Level 3 Low Water Condition. Water Resources Manager Christine McClure says, “Over the past week Prince Edward County and the Salmon and Napanee River watersheds received about 80 millimetres of rain. The northern Moira River watershed received over 80 millimetres of rain and the lower Moira River watershed received between 50 and 70 millimetres.”
McClure adds, “Both streamflows and groundwater levels are improving in most areas in response to the recent rainfall.”
Quinte Conservation is continuing to ask residents and businesses to reduce their water use by 50% until the water supply has been replenished. The local environmental agency will monitor precipitation and stream flows and provide updates. Quinte Conservation encourages everyone to use water wisely and apply water conservation measures.
A Level 3 Low Water Condition was declared by Quinte Conservation and the Low Water Response Team due to lack of rainfall and low flows in local rivers and streams on August 4. The Quinte Conservation watersheds have been experiencing low water conditions since the beginning of June.
Quinte Conservation is the lead for the local Water Response Team (WRT) for all of Prince Edward County and the watersheds of the Moira, Napanee and Salmon Rivers. The team includes representation from municipalities, Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs, First Nations, and local industry. The WRT is formed when the watershed is in a Level 1 condition. Water Response Teams monitor local conditions carefully and work with local water users to reduce demand and mitigate the effects of water shortages.
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:
(613) 968-3434 ext. 125
(613) 354-3312 ext. 125