Forecast Update

Significant Rainfall over the Trent Basin has Allowed Drawdown to be Reduced

The water level forecast for August 22nd for extreme drawdown on many reservoirs is no longer valid following significant rainfall.

The CEWF Executive Committee met with Trent-Severn Waterway (TSW) officials on Monday this week to review the water level management situation. The heavy rainfall received over the Trent River basin last Saturday as well as the rainfall forecast for Tuesday represent major relief for water levels on most to the TSW reservoirs in Haliburton and Northern Peterborough Counties. On Sunday and Monday TSW crews serviced most reservoir dams replacing logs with the goal of slowing the drawdown and restoring some of the storage used over the last few weeks.

At this point reservoir water is not needed on the Kawartha Lakes and flows in the reservoirs are being adjusted back to minimum levels. Crews will continue to make adjustments at reservoir dams in response to the changing situation.

By the end of this week and following the rainfall expected on Tuesday, TSW will issue a revised water level forecast for the reservoirs and a new Water Management Update for the entire Trent watershed. These documents will be available on the Parks Canada Website and will be posted by CEWF when they are available.