Saturday February 16, 2019

Water Levels – Take Action

Water levels have been an ongoing issue for our lakes for decades, but the startling conditions we are seeing this summer are worse than we can recall in the 60 year history of our Association.   We have written to the Field Superintendent (see the article below Our Water Levels) expressing our concerns and requesting some changes to the management practices, however we believe we must be aggressive in lobbying for change.   We have attached below a template you can use to forward your concerns and encourage you to take a couple of minutes to do so. 

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

 I am writing as a Board Member/Resident of the [insert name of lake] to convey my concerns to TSW management regarding the low water level on our lake this spring.

 By way of contrast we note that in 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.

The Board/Members of our association believe that the TSW’s approach to water management needs to place greater emphasis on water conservation and that accordingly the TSW be encouraged to:

  1. discontinue the practice of drawing water from the reservoir lakes in summer that is not needed for canal operations; and
  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 also appreciate that the TSW lacks sufficient resources for integrated water management of the watershed and hope that the current situation may be used to demonstrate the need for more resources in order to better manage the challenges posed by extreme ‘wet’ and ‘dry’ years.