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Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site of Canada

Water Management Update

March 12, 2014 - Parks Canada continues to responsibly manage water on the Trent-Severn Waterway by actively monitoring water levels, snow conditions and weather forecasts, and undertaking dam operations, when appropriate.

There are many examples of Parks Canada staff actively managing water in the Trent-Severn Waterway and its numerous watersheds. Staff continue to collect and analyse information regarding this year's snow pack, the snow depth and its water content. Technical data analysis is conducted to assist us with determining the expected inflows into the various water bodies in the watershed, and informs our decision making related to appropriate water levels in lakes. Parks Canada staff have also been engaged in such activities as clearing ice and snow from the dams in order to ensure that all equipment is in good working order and in a state of operational readiness on approach to the spring freshet.

Lock 19 – Scotts Mills
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With respect to this year's current conditions, the water content within the snow pack is approximately average within both the Gull River and Burnt River systems. Water levels across the Haliburton Reservoirs are below normal, in general, due largely to the colder than normal winter temperatures. Currently there is enough storage capacity within the Gull River system, relevant to the town of Minden, to absorb the anticipated snow melt. Further, the low density of the snow pack will assist in the ability of the snow to absorb rainfall.

Parks Canada continues to share operational information with the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) and Conservation Authorities to inform their flood forecasts. And, we continue to provide information to various Municipal staff who are responsible for emergency preparedness within the many communities surrounding the Trent-Severn Waterway.