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Level 1 Low Water Condition Statement

August 12, 2016

With below average rainfall over the last 4 months throughout much of our watersheds, our local Low Water Response Team has requested that Grey Sauble Conservation declare a “Level 1” low water condition under the Province`s low water response program.  The Team, consisting of representatives from water user groups, local and Provincal water managers, was brought together today to review the precipitation and stream flow data.  Although some areas received normal amounts of precipitation for July, most areas did not.

A Level 1 condition exists when precipitation for the last three month period falls below 80% of average or stream flow falls below 70% of the lowest average summer flow. At present, stream flows are not below 70% but they are dropping quickly. Precipitation has been consistently below the 80% threshold and is the main reason for the level 1 condition.

The Water Response Team is calling for a voluntary 10% reduction in water use throughout the watershed area until further notice. Non – essential use of water is being discouraged.

 The Team also noted that we lack on-line rain gauge data and are requesting residents to consider joining a volunteer rain reporting network.  The network is free to join.  Contact Grey Sauble CA for more details.

Continued dry weather could lead to an upgrading of the low water condition status to Level 2. Additional restrictions on water use may be necessary if this occurs.

The Authority will continue to monitor precipitation and streamflow and to report to the Water Response Team, as necessary, until low water level conditions no longer exists. Updates will be provided as conditions change.

Inglis Falls Conservation Area – Escarpment Discovery Centre has a new look

Interpretive panels from the Giant’s Rib are waiting for visitors.  Grey Sauble Conservation teamed up with the Giant’s Rib Discovery Centre to get the word out about the “Rib” (escarpment).    Last year Chris Hamilton from the Giant’s Rib contact us to see if we would be interested in being part of a network of Centres along the Escarpment, providing information about the “The Rib”.    Grey Sauble was eager to join in the network and offer information to over 30,000 visitors at Inglis Falls each year about the ancient seas, glaciers, The Bruce Trail and more!    Don’t forget to check out the glacial pot holes when you visit, just a 10 minute hike east from the Discovery Centre.    Visit http://www.giantsrib.ca/escarpment-discovery-centre-gets-a-facelift/ for more information about the Giants Rib Escarpment Education Network and Inglis Falls Discovery Centre video.

The EMERALD ASH BORER is here!

DO NOT MOVE FIREWOOD

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The Emerald Ash Borer Working Group advises residents of, and visitors to, the Grey, Bruce, Saugeen, and Sauble areas to not move firewood.
The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is a highly destructive insect pest of Ash trees. The greatest risk of spreading the EAB is through the movement of Ash forest products such as firewood and logs. A single piece of firewood can destroy a million trees. Everyone is encouraged to help slow the infestation to protect Ontario’s trees and forests. Do Not Move Wood.
If you own an Ash Tree that you would like to protect contact your local forestry professional or licensed arborist for treatment advice.
To learn more about the Emerald Ash Borer infestation visit www.inspection.gc.ca/pests.
This Public Service Announcement is from the Counties of Bruce and Grey, City of Owen Sound, Grey Sauble Conservation Authority, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Parks Canada, and Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority. For more information or interviews, please contact:

Cam Bennett at Grey Sauble Conservation Authority  519 376-3076 ext 225 or
email c.bennett@greysauble.on.ca  or
Anne Lennox at a.lennox@greysauble.on.ca   519-376-3076 ext.232
Donna Lacey at Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority – 519-369-7516
Kevin Predon at County of Bruce – 519-270-0748

Community Foundation Grey Bruce approves Grant for HIBOU Boardwalk

Friends of Hibou are excited to continue working on the Boardwalk at the Hibou hiking trail with the help and support of a $2,000 grant from the Community Foundation Grey Bruce.

The Friends of Hibou were established in 2013 to help maintain and upgrade Hibou Conservation Area.   This spring, Grey Sauble Conservation and the Friends of Hibou submitted an application to replace 200 ft of existing boardwalk at Hibou Conservation Area. The existing boardwalk is over 20 years old and is in need of replacement to maintain the wetland trails in a safe condition. The project is requesting funding to assist with purchasing materials for the boardwalk. The new boardwalk will be assembled and installed by Conservation staff and Friends of Hibou volunteers.

Just over four kilometres of trails are used by the general public and replacing the boardwalk will ensure the trail stays open and safe for visitors.   Hibou also offers over 2 kilometers of shoreline to explore!!

For More Information about Community Foundation Grey Bruce, please contact:

Wendy Bachiu, Grant & Scholarship Co-ordinator

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www.communityfoundationgreybruce.com

Established in 1994, Community Foundation Grey Bruce builds community vitality now and for future generations by encouraging endowment building and facilitating philanthropic partnerships within Grey and Bruce Counties. The Foundation provides grants to a wide variety of nonprofit organizations who in turn, provide necessary initiatives and services for the people of this region. Additionally, the Foundation provides leadership in identifying community issues and convening discussion.

 

 

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