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August 22nd 2016

The Complete Fire Ban for Marmora and Lake has been lifted.  Please remember fire safety rules.  For more information please contact Marmora and Lake Fire Department 613-472-2748

Burn Ban Lifted

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August 15th 2016

The Complete Fire Ban for Marmora and Lake is still in effect. The Municipality of Marmora and Lake has a complete burn ban still in effect. Dry weather conditions have resulted in extreme fire danger conditions. For more information please contact Marmora and Lake Fire Department 613-472-2748

Burn ban

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Media Release

 

Crowe Valley Conservation Authority

70 Hughes Lane, Marmora, ON K0K 2M0

Date of Issue: 5 August 2016

 

CVCA Low Water Response Team Declares Low Water Level One

 

 

MARMORA – The Crowe Valley Low Water Response Team (LWRT)  has reviewed current watershed conditions with Crowe Valley Conservation Authority staff.   As a result, the Team has declared a Low Water Level One condition effective immediately.

 

A review of the low water thresholds for flows and precipitation in the Crowe Valley watershed indicates a necessity to make the Level One declaration.  Current averages for precipitation has fallen below the historical three month average of 80%.  A precipitation gauge in the northern portion of the watershed has recorded a 73.7% average and the southern gauge is at 65%.  Flow rates are also being observed below the threshold of 70%.

 

The CVCA LWRT encourages a voluntary 10% reduction in water use across the Crowe Valley watershed. Everyone can do their part in cutting back water consumption by not watering lawns, fixing leaky faucets, taking shorter showers, not washing the driveway or car and reducing non-essential uses of water while the Low Water Level One is in effect. Reducing water consumption in the CVCA watershed now will help reduce the risk of declaring more severe Low Water Level declarations as the hot, dry summer continues.  If the watershed does not receive rainfall adding up to significant totals in the near future, the LWRT will convene to consider upgrading to a Level Two or Level Three condition.

 

Water users are encouraged to monitor conditions and watch for advisories throughout the summer season. Everyone plays a role in cooperating to preserve water supply and protect the environment.

 

CVCA staff will continue to monitor rainfall and streamflow data and keep the public informed of any changes in watershed conditions through their website (www.crowevalley.com), media, municipal newsletters, and social media (http://twitter.com/crowe_valley).

 

Contact:  Tim Pidduck (tim.pidduck@crowevalley.com) or Neil McConkey (watertech@crowevalley.com), Crowe Valley Conservation Authority, 613-472-3137

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QUINTE CONSERVATION DECLARES LEVEL 3 LOW WATER CONDITION

Quinte Conservation and the Low Water Response Team have declared a Level 3 Low Water Condition due to lack of rainfall and low flows in local rivers and streams.  This is the most severe low water level.  Quinte Conservation Water Resources Manager Christine McClure says, “We have received approximately 35% of average rainfall across the watershed in July.  This means that some lake and river levels are visibly lower than they would normally be for this time of year.  Flows in the Moira, Napanee and Salmon Rivers continue to be extremely low and we need a significant amount of rain to change that.  The Water Response Team met Thursday morning and declared that we are now in a Level 3 Low Water Condition.”

A Level 3 Low Water Condition indicates a failure of the water supply to meet demand. Restrictions on water use may be imposed by municipalities or under the provincial Water Resources Act.  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 explains, “We confirm low water conditions using two criteria – precipitation and stream flow.  Both criteria are very low for this time of year and lower than we usually see at the end of summer or early fall.  Some of our rivers are experiencing the lowest flows we have ever recorded for July.”

As part of the Level 3 Low Water Condition declaration Quinte Conservation will be communicating with its 18 municipalities and requesting that they ask their residents and businesses to reduce water usage by 50 per cent.

Long range forecasts indicate that the hot, dry weather will continue into the fall.  Quinte Conservation says it’s now essential for residents, businesses and municipalities to conserve water.  The environmental organization is asking residents and businesses in the region to reduce all water usage by 50 per cent until the supply is replenished. People on private wells should be especially careful of their water usage.  Well owners should take steps to protect their well pump. A licensed contractor can be hired to check water levels and make sure the pump is working and protected against running dry.

Water levels are becoming dangerously low on the Skootamatta, Black, Salmon, and Napanee Rivers.  This has prompted Quinte Conservation to operate dams in order to increase flows downstream.  McClure explains, “We are attempting to maintain a minimal flow in the rivers to support local ecosystems.  These dams have been identified as low flow augmentation structures and are being operated according to their individual operation plans.  Residents above the dams we are operating will notice a decline in their water levels.”

The following dams were recently operated:

  • Lingham Lake Dam
  • Deerock Lake Dam
  • Upper Arden Dam
  • Laraby Rapids Dam
  • Second Depot Lake Dam
  • Third Depot Lake Dam
  • Thirteen Island Lake Dam

 

Operations may be conducted at Skootamatta Lake Dam if conditions warrant.

Quinte Conservation has stopped generating hydroelectric power at the McLeod Dam due to low flows in the Moira River.  Extremely dry conditions in the Salmon River means that the seasonal weir at Kingsford Conservation Area was not installed.

The environmental organization is encouraging any individuals or businesses in the Quinte watersheds who experience problems or hardships, such as wells going dry, to contact Quinte Conservation by calling 613-968-3434 or 613-354-3312 and dialing extension 129.  Reports can also be emailed to info@quinteconservation.ca.  These reports will help the organization track the impacts of the Low Water Condition.

McClure says, “Reducing water use by half means that residents will have to take a hard look at how they are using their water.  Many local people have already stopped watering their lawns in an effort to conserve water.  Other large uses of water in the average home are toilets, showers, and laundry.  Drinking water and food preparation only make up about five per cent of the water used in an average home.”

Quinte Conservation issued the first low water warning this year on June 2.  The local environmental agency will continue to monitor precipitation and stream flows and provide updates.  Tips on water conservation can be found on the Quinte Conservation website at www.quinteconservation.ca.

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, 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.  More information about Quinte Conservation is available at www.quinteconservation.ca.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 3rd, 2016

 

COMPLETE FIRE BAN ISSUED FOR MARMORA AND LAKE

 

The Municipality of Marmora and Lake has a complete burn ban effective immediately. Dry weather conditions have resulted in extreme fire danger conditions.

 

For more information please contact:

 

Marmora and Lake Fire Department

(613) 472-2748

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