Alert for Water Safety Statement

December 10, 2021

The Quinte Watershed is forecasted to receive 25 mm or more of rain over the weekend. That, coupled with very mild temperatures, will melt snow and create runoff, causing elevated river flows and swelling in streams and rivers.

Some isolated nuisance flooding is likely around small watercourses, urban areas, and ditches.

The Prince Edward County Watershed has received above average lake effect precipitation in recent weeks and is currently experiencing spring-like levels in creeks and rivers. Additional rains will further elevate these levels.

With recent cold weather, ice has started to form in northern areas of the watershed, however, these ice conditions are expected to deteriorate quickly during this period and can make for unstable banks and dangerous water conditions. Ice cover on lakes, rivers and streams may break up as a result of warm temperatures, rain, and high winds. The public is advised to stay away from open and fast flowing water, culverts, dams, ice covered water, and banks.

Residents are reminded to make sure their sump pumps are in good working condition and to help reduce ponding by keeping ditches, culverts, and storm drains clear from obstructions.

Staff will continue to monitor conditions. For current water levels or to report changes in water levels, residents are encouraged to visit

A WATER SAFETY STATEMENT indicates that high flows, unsafe banks, melting ice or other factors could be dangerous for users such as anglers, boaters, swimmers, children or pets. Flooding is not expected.

This message will be in effect until (or updated before) December 14, 2021

Quinte Conservation is a community-based environmental protection agency.  It serves 18 municipalities in the watersheds of the Moira, Napanee and Salmon Rivers and Prince Edward County.  It provides cost-effective environmental expertise and leadership.  Quinte Conservation’s main goal is to create a sustainable ecosystem where people and nature live in harmony.  More information about Quinte Conservation is available at


For more information contact:
Dave Eastcott, Water Resources Technologist
(613) 968-3434 ext. 126 OR (613) 354-3312 ext. 126