FINCH — Two local sub-watersheds remain under level III (severe) drought conditions, according to South Nation Conservation (SNC)’s Water Response Team.
The rest of the watershed authority’s jurisdiction continues to be in level II (moderate) drought conditions as originally issued on July 8.
The Bearbrook and Upper South Nation River (Spencerville) Sub-watersheds are currently in severe drought conditions.
Despite recent rainfalls, streamflows in these areas remain below the 30 percent of normal summer flows. The rest of the SNC jurisdiction remains in level II with less than 50 percent of normal summer monthly flows.
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 three-month forecast for September to November indicates above normal temperatures and normal precipitation for most of Eastern Ontario. But SNC points out that a significant amount of rainfall across the jurisdiction is required for conditions to return to normal.
Residents, businesses and other industries throughout the watershed are encouraged to reduce their water consumption by 50 percent, by limiting non-essential water uses (e.g. lawn watering, car washing, etc.). Landowners are advised to check with their local municipality for information on water and fire by-laws.