Watershed conditions still OK says Conservation AuthorityFriday, April 11, 2014 by: SooToday.com Staff
SAULT STE MARIE REGION CONSERVATION AUTHORITY
The Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority would like to issue a statement to residents in regard to update current watershed conditions.
Melting of the snowpack has been slow and steady and the depth of the snowpack throughout the watershed has decreased significantly.
There remains a higher degree of snow in the northern portion of the watershed which is a normal spring condition.
The weather forecast over the weekend indicates a precipitation system is approaching Ontario but the majority of the rainfall will be south of Sault Ste. Marie.
The precipitation is forecast to begin Saturday evening and overnight in to Sunday.
Monday and Tuesday of next week there may be a mixture of rain and snow due to lower forecasted temperatures.
Water levels in local rivers continue to increase but are well below flood levels and water levels will continue to increase as melt progresses and the precipitation is received.
The flood control channels owned and maintained by the Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority are flowing well and melt water is entering the system.
As melt continues and anticipated rainfalls are received, the flood control channels will experience a rise in water levels.
It is important to remember that the water in rivers, streams and the channels is extremely cold and fast flowing waters are dangerous.
The Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority will continue to closely monitor stream flows across the watershed.
The Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority would like to extend a warning to residents and visitors to use extreme caution when close to rivers, creeks and channels.
Potential increases in water levels and flows can be especially dangerous and stream banks can be slippery.
Please keep children and pets away from fast flowing rivers and streams.
This statement is in effect until Tuesday April 15, 2014.