TSW Water Management Update – Mar 23/20

TSW Posts First Water Management Update of the Season

Today the TSW has posted their first water management update of the season. We have seen and will continue to see significant rainfall and the snowpack melting over the reservoir area resulting in increased river flows and lake level increases. We are also expecting more precipitation events.

With ice still on the lakes we will again be facing ice sheets moving in the wind and impacting shorelines. As TSW points out residents must be prepared for ice flows impacting shorelines and related structures.

In some of the southern reservoirs in the Central Lakes area of northern Peterborough County, including Jacks, Crystal, Mississagua and Eels lakes, TSW has already begun log adjustments as the snow melt has proceeded. In some hard to fill reservoirs in the Gull and Burnt basins log operations have also begun based on daily analysis of levels, melt rates and flows.

We are entering a period when the need to fill lakes and reservoirs by late May must be balanced against the priority focus of minimizing the risk of flooding associated with the combination of extreme spring rainfall events and snowmelt. Given the experience in recent years, particularly in 2013 and 2017, with extreme spring rainfall events and flooding, TSW will be actively managing levels and flows.

The TSW water management team continues to manage based on the daily analysis of the latest data on water levels and flows, precipitation, snowpack melt rates, and weather forecasts.

To view the March 23, 2020 TSW update – click here

To view the TSW website – click here