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Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety – May 5, 2017

Message Number: 2017-01
Issued at: May 5, 2017 -11:30 am
Issued by: John Bittorf

TO: Watershed Municipalities and Watershed Media


Water Safety

Environment Canada has issued Rain Fall Warnings for much of Southern Ontario including Grey Sauble watersheds. Our region is on the northern edge of this system and rainfall Thursday night and into Friday morning has been variable with some of our southern watersheds receiving up to 20 mm and our northern watersheds seeing traces of rain. The forecast is for an additional
50-75 mm over the next 2 days.

Water levels in our rivers and stream have been receding after the rain events earlier this week but have not fully recovered and are still elevated. With the ground saturated, water levels are  anticipated to rise again with the additional rain. However, no unusual riverine flooding is anticipated at this time. Flows should remain below our average spring runoff conditions. Localized flooding may occur in low lying areas that typically flood.

Flows conditions can change based on the timing, duration and intensity of the rain. Grey Sauble staff will continue to monitor weather and river conditions and will provide updates as needed.  Grey Sauble staff would like to remind everyone that banks are slippery & unstable and that water is cold & fast flowing.

Update: will be in effect until 4:30 p.m., Monday May 8, 2017

Contact: John Bittorf, Water Resources Coordinator at 519 376-3076 ext 228

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Hibou Conservation Area is OPEN. Grey Road 15 is closed between Owen Sound and Hibou Conservation Area which is currently accessible from the North via Leith.

Property Closures:

  • Indian Falls is closed due to flooding on the trails. 
  • Kemble Mountain Management Area (Compartment 71 & 73); Keppel Forest Management Area (Compartment 78); and Skinners Marsh-McNab Lake Management Area are closed for a scheduled forestry operations.
  • Please read Visiting Conservation Areas During COVID-19 for important info.

    Please note that we are currently operating at a temporarily reduced capacity while also experiencing a high number of applications and inquiries to our Environmental Planning Department at this time. Please use our contact form only for inquiries related to planning and development permits. Inquiries must include all requested information for a response by a planning staff member.


Please note that due to concerns regarding COVID-19, GSCA has closed its Administrative Office to the public.  During this time, some GSCA staff will be working remotely and may not have access to office phones.

Please utilize email or website contact forms (for planning and development permit related inquiries) as the most reliable way to reach our staff at this time.

Visit this link for more information about visiting properties during COVID-19.  Please visit this link for ongoing updates related to COVID-19.

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