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Watershed Conditions Statement

Watershed Conditions Statement

Watershed Conditions Statement (Jan. 10, 2020)

Watershed Conditions Statement (Jan. 10, 2020)

Recent warm temperatures have significantly lowered the snow pack throughout our watersheds.  In most areas, the field snow has been completely exhausted with snow restricted to woodlots and fence rows.  The melt has saturated the soils but has not caused any significant runoff to our streams and rivers.  River flows are normal for this time of year.

Watershed Conditions Statement

Watershed Conditions Statement

A cold front associated with an intense low-pressure system will move across Lake Huron and Georgian Bay today (Thursday, October 31, 2019), bringing with it high winds. Strong northwest winds are expected to begin later today and are forecast to peak overnight and into Friday. Maximum sustained wind speeds of 40-50 kilometres (km) per hour with gusts up to 80 km/hr.  Winds are forecast to diminish throughout the day Friday, but will remain steady out of the northwest, before shifting southwest late in the day. 



Owen Sound, ON
With the return of normal rainfall patterns and the recovery of stream flows throughout much of our watersheds, our local Low Water Response Team has requested that Grey Sauble Conservation remove the “level 1” low water condition under the Province`s low water response program. The Team, consisting of representatives from local water user groups and Provincial water managers, has reviewed recent precipitation and stream flow data and concluded that the voluntary water restrictions are no longer necessary. Stream flows are still low for this time of year, but they have recovered enough to lift them out of concern.

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 no longer below 70% and precipitation has been consistently above the 80% threshold since mid-August.

The Authority will continue to monitor precipitation and streamflow and will notify the Water Response Team if conditions deteriorate.


For more information:
John Bittorf, Water Resources Coordinator
Grey Sauble Conservation
R.R.#4, 237897 Inglis Falls Road
Owen Sound, Ontario N4K 5N6
519 376-3076 ext. 228

Grey Sauble Conservation’s Watershed is comprised of 5 major river systems – the Sauble, Pottawatomi, Sydenham, Bighead and Beaver Rivers.
Area of Jurisdiction covers 3,191 square kilometres (1,983 square miles) encompassing all or parts of eight municipalities in the Counties of Bruce and Grey and extends along 219.6 km (136 miles) of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay shoreline.
Land Ownership – 11,734 hectares (28,995 acres of land – this includes 5,000 hectares (12,300 acres) of property located along the Niagara Escarpment (UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve).

End to Level 1 Drought

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