FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 15, 2018
Low water conditions throughout the Moira, Prince Edward, and lower portions of the Napanee and Salmon River Watersheds have returned to normal, as recent rain has helped to improve streamflow and groundwater levels.
Watershed Monitoring Coordinator Lynette Lambert says, “Fall rains and reduced evapotranspiration (the process where water is transported from plants and the ground to the air) has left more water available to seep into the ground and run off into water courses, resulting in increased and improved streamflows and groundwater levels. This has helped the watershed to recover from the low water experienced this past summer.”
Upper portions of the Napanee and Salmon River Watersheds have been reduced to a Level 1 Low Water Condition.
Lambert adds, “The upper regions of the Napanee and Salmon River Watersheds has not received as much rainfall over the last three months as the rest of the region has, which is why they remain in a Level 1 Low Water Condition.”
Quinte Conservation encourages residents experiencing low water to report their conditions using an online form. The form can be found on Quinte Conservation’s homepage, along with tips for water conservation, at
A Level 1 Low Water Condition means the potential for water supply problems has been identified. A Level 1 condition is managed through existing programs of the Conservation Authorities, municipalities and other key provincial agencies. Low water conditions are ranked as Level 1, 2 or 3 based on a prolonged period of low flows or precipitation. A Level 1 is the least severe and Level 3 is the most severe.
This message will be in effect until (or updated before) Monday, December 3, 2018