FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 13th, 2016
LOW WATER RESPONSE TEAM ANNOUNCES END TO LEVEL 1 DROUGHT
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