Speaking of April Showers...
We really need some rain as the lake is incredibly low this spring. They have been lowering the water lately to prevent spring flooding but it looks like the water is down approximately 3 feet from my very dry bay. So if you haven't been up you don't need to be worried about flooding, but if you draw your water from the lake you might have a concern.
A letter from the Coalition of Equitable Waterways (CEWF):
Yes the Water Levels on our Lakes are Low - March 25/21
CEWF has been getting comments and questions from our member associations about the current lake levels. Yes, our reservoir levels are lower than normal for this time of year. This situation is not the result of actions by the TSW water management team. TSW is actively replacing logs in all dams to capture the available runoff while maintaining minimum downstream flows.
The TSW Water Management Update from March 24/21 which we posted below accurately describes the situation earlier this week. We have had significantly less precipitation than normal since October and the ground froze under quite dry conditions. We had no rainfall events or winter thaw events in January and February. Through the first 24 days of March the Haliburton weather record shows only 3% of normal monthly precipitation. The snowpack was in the normal range, but it has ripened and melted significantly with the sunshine and very warm temperatures of recent weeks. As the snow melted much of the water released has been absorbed by the dry soil conditions and we also experienced significant sublimation as the snow evaporated. TSW has been actively adding logs to all reservoir dams as the melt has occurred to store available water while maintaining minimum flows but the inflows have been limited. The TSW plan is to bring reservoirs up to about 85% full and then hold in order to have storage to mitigate against flooding from extreme spring rains as we have experienced several times in the last few years. The objective as always will be to see the whole system; Reservoir lakes, the Kawartha lakes and the canal system; full by the end of May.
If the forecast rain occurs in the next few days, we can expect there will be a lot of log activity at our dams. However, in the last couple of weeks we have seen two huge storm events pass just south of Lake Ontario and have no impact on us. Even this weekend's forecast seems to be showing less rainfall as the events get closer. Precipitation amounts are always hard to predict but TSW is ready to capture the runoff if and when it comes. We have a long way to go to make up for the dry months we have seen. Residents should monitor the TSW water level website through the link in the upper right of this CEWF site. The TSW site allows access to graphs and tables of water levels for all reservoir lakes and also accesses the water management updates that are posted when conditions are changing.
The other big issue for all cottage lakes is that there is a lot of solid ice still in place which will be blowing around as levels rise. If we get rainfall events TSW will have to raise the levels. Folks need to ensure their shorelines are clear and that everyone avoids the melting ice.