CATFISH CREEK CONSERVATION AUTHORITY
WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT
For Immediate Release
Water Safety, Watershed Condition Statement for Residents of Catfish Creek Watershed
Issued on December 27, 2022 at 1:30 p.m.
Issued by: Peter Dragunas, Water Management Technician
Catfish Creek Conservation Authority
This is a Water Safety, Watershed Conditions Statement indicating that high flows, unsafe banks, melting snow and ice or other factors could be dangerous for winter sport recreation, children and pets. Flooding is not expected at this time.
Effective immediately, the Catfish Creek Conservation Authority is issuing a Water Safety, Watershed Conditions Statement for flood prone low-lying areas adjacent to watercourses within the Catfish Creek watershed and its tributaries. At present stream flow and water levels are below average within the Catfish Creek watershed. The snowpack will become saturated with the forecast rain and rising temperatures and will begin to melt. The ground is not frozen in some areas and is expected to absorb some of the combined rainfall/snowmelt that is forecast through the remainder of the week. There remains a high probability that infiltration of the forecast snowmelt/rainfall may be limited in some areas and the subsequent associated runoff has the potential to quickly elevate water levels within the watershed. Water levels are expected to rise and may remain elevated during the latter part of this week. Due to these increased adverse weather conditions, there is a potential for higher water and ice flows resulting in unsafe channel bank conditions and other unpredictable dangers around waterways within the Catfish Creek watershed. Winter sport recreation, children, pets and people intending to undertake any recreational activities around watercourses need to abstain from these areas during these conditions.
The public is encouraged to exercise extreme caution near all bodies of water, and to keep children away from waterways during times of increased water flow. Landowners are advised to check dams, culverts, and catch basins and make sure they are free from debris and functioning as intended during high water situations.
CCCA will continue to monitor watershed conditions and will issue updates and recommendations as necessary. CCCA always recommends taking any necessary precautions to minimize the results of flood impacts of the Catfish Creek and its tributaries.
This Watershed Conditions Statement will remain in effect until further notice and will be adjusted accordingly if warranted. Residents are asked to closely watch local conditions and take appropriate responsible action. Updates will be made available when and if conditions warrant.