FINCH — South Nation Conservation’s Water Response Team is moving to a level III (severe) drought conditions advisory for two sub-watersheds toward the western and northern ends of SNC jurisdiction.
The Bearbrook and Upper South Nation River (Spencerville) sub-watersheds are currently in severe drought conditions, and despite recent rainfalls, streamflows in these areas are still below 30 percent of normal summer flows, says SNC in an Aug. 31 press release. The Upper South Nation River sub-watershed extends partly into North Dundas and South Dundas, while the Bearbrook sub-watershed reaches into areas of Russell (see the map below).
The rest of SNC territory has less than 50 percent of normal summer flows and remains at the level II (moderate) drought advisory originally issued July 8.
The weather forecasts no significant rainfall in the next couple of weeks. Low water levels can impact fish habitat, affect crop yields and tree health of newly planted seedlings.Environment Canada’s 3 month forecast for August to October indicates above normal temperatures and normal precipitation for most of Eastern Ontario; however, a significant amount of rainfall across the jurisdiction is required for conditions to return to normal.
SNC encourages residents, businesses and other industries throughout the jurisdiction toreduce their water consumption by 50 percent, by limiting non-essential water uses such as lawn watering and car washing.
Residents may also report any unusual water-related problems or dry wells to SNC by calling 1-877-984-2948, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.