NORTH BAY-MATTAWA ISSUES LOW WATER ADVISORY AFTER HOT DRY SUMMER
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On August 22, 2018, the North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority (NBMCA) issued a Level 1 Low Water Advisory "for all areas in its jurisdiction."
The announcement explained that the "cumulative rainfall measured at the North Bay Airport Gauge for May, June and July was 41 per cent of the historical average (1981 to 2010) for this time of year." It continued "streamflow averages at the three gauge stations are also below the historical average."
"Amable du Fond River is at 53%, Chippewa Creek is at 62% and La Vasse River is at 5% of the historical average for this period (July 21 to August 22)."
- NBMCA Low Water Advisory August 22, 2018
In the communiqué, Katelyn Lynch said that "the unreasonably dry summer has been a major factor in low water conditions in our watershed."
Recent rainfall has not alleviated the situation, though change may come with the changing seasons. Lynch said that "weather patterns will be changing as fall approaches typically bringing more precipitation and relief from the dry conditions and low water."
Ontario uses a three-tier low water condition system, with three being the most extreme, which takes into account recent rainfall and streamflows.
During the low water conditions, the NBMCA invites the population to avoid "non-essential uses" of water, such as filling your pool, washing your car and watering your lawn. The communique said that "business and commercial operations are also encouraged to cut-back," these measures are to reduce the impact of the current situation on the aquatic ecosystem.
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