Watershed Condition Statement: Water Safety-February 22, 2022 - NVCA

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Watershed Condition Statement:

Water Safety ​​

Watershed Condition Statement, Water Safety, Flood Potential: Low

Flood Potential: Low  

Ice Jam Potential: Moderate 

Issued to:  local municipalities and school boards, local conservation authorities, emergency response agencies, health unit, media 

Date:        February 22, 2022 (5:00 PM)  


The Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority advises that warm temperatures and rain over the next 24 hours will cause our snowpack to melt and increase flows in area watercourses. The public and especially children are advised to stay away from all area water bodies as unstable ice cover, slippery banks and fast flowing watercourses will result in dangerous conditions. 

A large weather system has moved through the area dropping a moderate amount of rain across the watershed on top of a maturing snow pack. Rainfall amounts in the order of 10mm are expected overnight into Wednesday morning.

Melting snow and runoff will result in increases in stream flows and possible ice break up. No major flooding is anticipated, however local conditions may vary. At this time of year there is always the potential for localized flooding and ice jams. 

The Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority continues to monitor river and stream conditions and will issue additional messages as conditions warrant. This statement will be in effect until Friday, February 25​, 2022.  

For additional information, please check our website at:  www.nvca.on.ca 

Mark Hartley, Senior Engineer
Flood Duty Officer 

A Watershed Condition Statement is a general notice of weather conditions that could pose a risk to personal safety or which have the potential to lead to flooding. A Water Safety message indicates that high flows, unsafe banks, melting ice or other factors could be dangerous for recreational users such as anglers, canoeists, hikers, children, pets, etc. Flooding is not expected.