July 10, 2018
Contact: Peter Dragunas, Water Management Technician
Catfish Creek Conservation Authority
Consistent with the Ontario Low Water Response criteria, the Catfish Creek Conservation Authority (CCCA) is issuing a Level I Low Water Condition for the Catfish Creek watershed. The Ontario Low Water Response indicators identify that Catfish Creek precipitation indicators coupled with the channel flow indicators are below the required Provincial seasonal average thresholds for a Level I.
A 10% voluntary reduction in water use is being advised to ensure that there remains an adequate supply for essential uses and to sustain aquatic life. Reducing residential non-essential water use and utilization of Best Management Practices, Irrigation Management is recommended to help lessen the impact on water resources.
The CCCA is continuing to monitor water levels and precipitation, and will provide updates when available. In agreement with applicable provincial agencies (OMAFRA, MNRF, and MOECC), Authority Member Municipalities, local agricultural and industrial group representatives CCCA has an established “Low Water Response Team” and a agriculture industry driven Irrigation Advisory Committee (IAC) to improve low water response in the watershed.
As a reminder, if landowners take water (>50,000L) from either surface water or groundwater sources (sand points, wells, pumping directly from the streams or ponds) to irrigate; they are at all times required to obtain a permit from the Ministry of the Environment. If conditions continue to deteriorate, further regulation of surface and groundwater takings may be considered.