South Nation Conservation Declares Level I Low Water Condition
Due to a drier than usual spring, persistent hot temperatures, and lack of precipitation, South Nation Conservation (SNC) has declared a Level I Low Water Condition for its watershed in Eastern Ontario.
Low water conditions are determined based on data collected from precipitation and stream gauges across the watershed. Records indicate that precipitation over the past three months was at least below 80% normal.
While in Level I status, SNC asks residents and businesses to reduce their water consumption by 10% to help mitigate the impacts of low water conditions. Water consumption can be reduced by limiting non-essential uses such as watering your lawn or washing your car. Of the three Levels of low water conditions, a Level I indicates that there is the potential of a water supply problem should current precipitation and stream flow trends persist. A Level II condition indicates minor supply issues may be apparent and conservation and non-essential restriction is adopted, and a Level III condition indicates the failure of the water supply to meet demand. SNC works with its 16 member municipalities to monitor stream flow, precipitation and water supply through the provincially mandated Low Water Response program. SNC will continue to monitor watershed conditions and will provide updates as required. To better understand local conditions; landowners, businesses, and industries are encouraged to contact SNC if they are experiencing any unusual water-related problems.
More information on Low Water Response and current watershed conditions can be found on SNC’s website at www.nation.on.ca.
For more information, please contact Sandra Mancini, Team Lead of Engineering, at 1-877-984-2948, email@example.com.
South Nation Conservation (SNC) is committed to supporting municipalities, partners, and people as the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic unfolds. Updates and changes to our operations and business continuity are posted online: www.nation.on.ca/coronavirus. In accordance with the Government of Ontario’s Emergency Orders, many outdoor physical recreational amenities were closed. SNC plans to re-open public boat launches and river access points and select Conservation Areas. Some sites will open on Saturday, May 16th; some on Tuesday, May 19th, 2020.
- There are no physical structures, permanent washrooms, or amenities at previously open sites.
- There are maintained pedestrian bridges and recreational trails.
- Regular maintenance activities will continue.
- SNC will not be installing portable washrooms for the time being.
- New signs with public health directives will be reinstalled at all sites on Tuesday, May 19th.
The following Conservation Area continue to remain open and maintained for passive recreation (walking):
• Two Creek Forest Conservation Area (Morrisburg)
• Oschmann Forest Conservation Area (Ormond)
• Robert Graham Conservation Area (Glen Stewart)
• Warwick Forest Conservation Area (Berwick)
• J. Henry Tweed Conservation Area (Russell)
• W. E. Burton Conservation Area (Russell)
• Reveler Conservation Area (Crysler)
• Nokomis Park (Limoges)
SNC is launching Live Educational Video Series to Engage with Families at Home. Beginning May 7th, South Nation Conservation (SNC) will be live streaming family-friendly educational videos on Facebook every Thursday at 1:00 pm as part of a new series called Nature at Home.
Appropriate COVID-19 precautionary measures are in place to support staff while outside. People must maintain distances while on trails, for a list of properties still available for walking visit:
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Taylor Campbell, Communications Specialist,
Residents in flood prone or low-lying areas, historically susceptible to flooding, should take the necessary precautions to protect their property, such as:
- Ensuring sump pump is clear, in good working condition and has a backwater valve on it
- Portable backup generator and pump
- Ensuring downspouts are clear and the outlet is at least 3 m from the dwelling
- Removing or securing items that might float away as flows increase
- Removing valuable items from basements or lower floors that could be subject to flooding
- Keep emergency phone numbers handy
- Familiarize yourself with your municipality’s emergency preparedness plan