Drought over: low-water status lifted for remainder of South Nation watershed

The South Nation River, as seen Sept. 27, 2020, from River Road outside Chesterville. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

FINCH — South Nation Conservation says that water levels are back to normal in the Upper South Nation subwatershed region — last area to see its Level I low-water status lifted by the local authority.

The affected subwatershed extends from the South Nation River headwaters in Augusta Township to the Municipality of Casselman.

Ground and surface water levels across the watershed have returned to normal for this time of year thanks to consistent precipitation over the past couple of weeks in Eastern Ontario. The short-term weather forecast is also calling for more rain in the coming days.

The Oct. 9 termination of low water conditions formally ends this summer’s drought, which at its height triggered Level II, or moderate, conditions in July following a hot and dry spring. Level II drought conditions had not been experienced in the watershed since 2018.

Through the Ontario Low Water Response Program, SNC monitors precipitation, stream flows, and water levels to gauge low water conditions and provides notice to its member municipalities and watershed residents on behalf of the province. SNC staff will continue to monitor conditions, providing updates as required.

Residents are encouraged to contact SNC through an online portal on SNC’s website if they are continuing to experience any problems with their wells or if they have any concerns and information to share with staff from this year’s drought.

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