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​​​​Low Water Conditions Summary for June 2018

​Issued July 18, 2018


Backgr​​​ound

The Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority monitors low water conditions throughout the growing season in order to provide information to water users and the public. Recent streamflow and precipitation amounts are compared to low water technical indicators established for the province in the “Ontario Low Water Response” document (March 2010).​

A Low Water Response Team consisting of provincial ministry representatives, municipal staff and irrigators from areas of interest for drought considers the available data and makes declarations on low water conditions when necessary.

Current ​Cond​​itions

Based on data available to the end of June 2018, the precipitation amounts received for the past 3 and 18 months were above average. However, precipitation for the month of June was significantly below average in some areas. In particular, the northwest part of the watershed received 30-40% of normal rainfall in June. Other parts of the watershed received about 70-80% of normal rainfall during the same period.

Streamflow for the month of June was generally within the normal range. However, flows gradually declined over the month as conditions became drier.

Based on this information, the NVCA Low Water Response Team has concluded that the watershed continues to be in “normal” conditions for low water at this time. Ongoing monitoring of conditions will continue throughout the summer and updates will be provided as appropriate.

For further information please contact:

Peter Alm
Water Resource Engineer
Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority
T: 705-424-1479 ext. 226
palm@nvca.on.ca​