Saturday February 16, 2019

Our Water Levels

By now most of you have had the opportunity to head north and open up the cottage for the summer.  You will no doubt have been struck by the extremely low water levels in the lakes and the dried up river bed running along Big Hawk Road.  This condition is being blamed on the unusually dry spring, however we believe that there are management practices at the TSW that have at least partially contributed to the situation.  Please see the letter we have forwarded to the TSW expressing our concern and asking for changes to the current practices.    

Dawn Bronson
Central Ontario Field Unit Superintendent
PO Box 567, 2155 Ashburnham Drive
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 6Z6
(705) 750-4919 

Dear Ms Bronson 

I am the Vice President and incoming President of Halls Hawk Property Owners Association (HHLPOA) and am writing to express our concerns regarding the low water levels on our lakes this spring.  This Association represents approximately 650 residents on Halls, Big Hawk and Little Hawk Lakes. 

During the summer of 2009 many of the reservoir lakes in the Haliburton sector were being lowered by TSW even though there was no need for water on the Waterway at that time. We also note that, given the dry winter, the winter-setting was too low for the headwater lake levels to rise to their normal level in the spring of 2010. 

HHLPOA  believes that the TSW’s approach to water management needs to place greater emphasis on water conservation and should: 

  1. 1. discontinue the practice of drawing water from the reservoir lakes that is not needed for canal operations; and
  2. 2. review the ‘winter-set’ level at the Haliburton sector dams with a view to raising the level by at least one log.

We are aware that there is an ongoing water management review being conducted for TSW by AECOM and we hope that our comments may help inform that process. 

We appreciate that the TSW lacks sufficient resources for integrated water management of the watershed and hope that the current situation will be used to demonstrate the need for more resources in order to better manage the challenges posed by extreme ‘wet’ and ‘dry’ years. 

Yours truly, 

Carole Russell
Vice President, HHLPOA