Water Safety | July 22, 2021


Message #2021-10

Issued: 4:00 p.m., Thursday July 22, 2021

Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety issued for the Trent-Severn Waterway 

A Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety is issued when high flows and/or other factors could pose a risk to public safety on and around waterways, but flooding is not expected.

ISSUED TO: Municipalities of Selwyn, Douro-Dummer, Asphodel-Norwood, Otonabee-South Monaghan, Cavan Monaghan, City of Kawartha Lakes, City of Peterborough and Trent Hills, and Otonabee Conservation’s other partners in flood emergency management.

CURRENT WATERSHED CONDITIONS and RISK – Effective immediately, Otonabee Conservation is advising the public to expect water levels and flows that are higher than is typical for this time of year across the entire navigable route of the Trent-Severn Waterway.

Water levels and flows will be especially high outside of navigation hours. During navigation hours, above normal water levels and flows are due to the high amounts of precipitation received over the past three weeks across the Trent-Severn Waterway, including in the Haliburton Reservoir Lakes Region which feeds south into the Kawartha Lakes.

The increased flows overnight are the result of water management dam adjustments to address the higher- than-normal water levels caused by recent precipitation. Parks Canada is advising the public that they should consider these overnight flows as non-navigable. In addition, these higher-than-normal water levels/flows pose a risk to loss of life or serious injury for other water-related recreational activities – fishing, swimming, etc. 

During this period of above normal water levels and flows, residents and visitors should exercise extreme caution on and around water. Caregivers are advised to keep a close watch on children, keeping them away from the water’s edge. Bridges, culverts, dams, and other water control/water conveyance structures should be always avoided.

Water levels can be monitored on-line at:

  1. Trent-Severn Waterway’s Water Management InfoNet
  2. Water Survey of Canada Real-Time Hydrometric Data 
  3. Otonabee Conservation’s Precipitation and Water Level Data

This WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT will remain in effect until further notice.

For more information, please contact:

Gordon Earle| Flood Forecasting & Warning Duty Officer | 705-745-5791 x 214
250 Milroy Drive, Peterborough, ON K9H 7M9
orcafloodduty@otonabeeconservation.com | Flood Watch Hotline 705-745-5791 x 228