Monday, December 12, 2016

Grand River watershed remains dry

The Grand River Conservation Authority reports that watershed conditions remain dry this fall, continuing the situation that began in April.

As a result, it has been reducing the amount of water it releases from dams, aiming to keep enough in the reservoirs for fish life and to dilute sewage-plant discharges along the watercourse over the winter months.

The GRCA says a groundwater monitoring well at Burford is at the lowest level since 2007, which was a dry year.

During the summer the authority reduced the volume of water that could be taken by permit holders, including farmers irrigating crops.

The GRCA notes that Environment Canada is reporting that Great Lakes water temperatures are warmer than average this fall, so that might increase lake-effect snowfalls.