Water levels in parts of the South Nation River watershed have improved with the recent rains. The Lower South Nation River, Castor River, and Bearbrook subwatershed regions are now back to Level 1 low water status, which means residents are asked to try to reduce their water consumption but can still water their lawns and gardens without fear of creating shortages for emergency use. Above, view of the Castor River in Embrun.
Water levels in parts of the South Nation River watershed have improved with the recent rains. The Lower South Nation River, Castor River, and Bearbrook subwatershed regions are now back to Level 1 low water status, which means residents are asked to try to reduce their water consumption but can still water their lawns and gardens without fear of creating shortages for emergency use. Above, view of the Castor River in Embrun.

Summer drought conditions ease up

Gregg Chamberlain
EAP
Recent rains have improved the water-level situation in some areas of the South Nation River watershed.

The South Nation Conservation Authority (SNC) reported that the low water condition for three areas of the watershed has changed from Level 2 to Level 1. Those areas include the Lower South Nation, Bear Brook, and Castor River subwatersheds, which cover Russell Township, The Nation Municipality, Casselman, Clarence-Rockland, and Alfred-Plantagenet Township.

Level 1 status means minor low-water conditions in the affected areas. Residents are asked to reduce their water use by 10 per cent to help maintain sufficient water in local hydrant and water storage systems to support emergency fire control efforts when needed.

Level 2 status continues for the Upper South Nation subwatershed area. That means residents should avoid nonessential water use like washing vehicles, and also limit their lawn watering. All homeowners should observe local water conservation measures.

The SNC has an online survey at www.nation.on.ca at its website to collect information from local farmers on how this year’s dry weather conditions have affected their operations and help the SNC with development funding for drought support programs.