Drought over, says South Nation Conservation

Conditions at the Crysler Dam on July 1.

FINCH — As of Dec. 7, 2016, South Nation Conservation (SNC) has lifted the six-month Drought Advisory triggered by a dry spring and summer. SNC acknowledged the end of the drought in a news release today, Dec. 9.

Since June, SNC’s Water Response Team composed of representatives from municipal and provincial government, the agricultural community, and other special interest groups frequently met to discuss the drought conditions and the noted impacts to the community.

The drought advisories began in June as a possible water supply problem (Level 1) was identified. As the dry weather continued, SNC’s jurisdiction was upgraded to a moderate drought advisory (Level 2) and in late-August, the western part of SNC’s jurisdiction was upgraded to a severe drought advisory (Level 3).

Thanks to a wet fall, the ground is saturated and rivers and streams are flowing, which prompted SNC’s Water Response Team to lift the drought advisory this week.

SNC has noted the effects of the drought may be felt for a number of years on trees. SNC completes survival assessments of SNC tree plantations and noted a lower first-year survival than normal. In particular, some hardwood seedlings suffered premature leaf drop and many conifers dried up.

The watershed authority says it will continue monitoring precipitation and streamflows and will provide updates as required.

Report any unusual water-related problems to SNC at 1-877-984-2948 or waterwatch@nation.on.ca. Send SNC photos on Facebook (/SouthNationConservation), or Tweet @SouthNationCA.

Water flowing over the Crysler Dam on Nov. 5. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

Water flowing over the Crysler Dam on Nov. 5. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News


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