Monday April 23, 2018

CEWF discusses the complexities of the Trent-Severn Waterway

From the Haliburton County Voice – September 30, 2010
By Liz Danielsen

When it came to water levels, this spring and summer was an extremely interesting experience for everyone along the Trent-Severn Waterway, but especially for the people trying to manage a very complex system and for those on reservoir and flow through lakes throughout the system.

That’s according to Coalition for Equitable Water Flow co-chair Chris Riddle, who addressed representatives from member lake associations at the CEWF’s general meeting of members on September 18th at the Haliburton Fish Hatchery.

The meeting was co-hosted by Riddle and Ted Spence, a CEWF member from Mississagua Lake, the single largest reservoir lake in the system. Spence introduced the members of the CEWF advisory committee present and noted, with just a hint of envy, that the coalition’s co-chair Martin Rist was ‘off somewhere exploring the Fjords of Norway.’

Getting into the meat of the meeting, Riddle said, “When I met with TSW in the spring, the message was pray for rain. Realizing that we had some of the lowest spring water levels ever, the TSW introduced some of the most severe conservation measures throughout the system, conserving as much as water as possible and literally shutting off our damns. By early June the flow through lakes were at such extreme lows, TSW attempted to explain to the public what had happened.”

According to the TSW’s Dave Ness , despite forecasts by Environment Canada of an unusually hot and dry summer, the area was subjected to the fifth largest deviation in precipitation in the last 40 years with heavy rain filling some of the reservoir lakes to the point of raising concerns about erosion by early July.

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