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    The swing bridge in Hastings, Ont. will open to traffic on April 29, ahead of schedule! Photo Credit: Montse Alvarado
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    Hastings Swing Bridge: Construction Update - April 19, 2016 In recent weeks, the work at the site has focused on completing the reassembly of the new bridge, installing the new mechanical and electrical components, and completing an initial balancing of the new structure. On April 18th, 2016 the new bridge was successfully swung, manually, for the first time. In the coming days, work will focus on laying asphalt on the bridge decking, completing the final concrete pour, continuing the installation of mechanical and electrical components, and then re-balancing the structure following the addition of the asphalt.
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    Our #FavouriteTSW100 is being at the top of our game. Learn more about Canada's Freshwater Summit: http://www.canadasfreshwatersummit.ca
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    Reminder: Traffic delays due to seasonal maintenance. Various swing bridges April 18 to mid-May. Learn more: http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/on/trentsevern/ne/neA4/neA4-20160411.aspx
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    Find below an important water levels notice from Otonabee Conservation. :http://www.otonabee.com/flood-warning-downgraded-to-water-safety-statement-april-15-2016-1230pm/
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    Find below an important water levels notice from Kawartha Conservation: http://kawarthaconservation.com/watershed/flood-forecasting
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    Our #FavouriteTSW100 is the chance to share our stories. #PLLVisitorCentre
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    Water Level Management Update – April 13, 2016 Parks Canada's water management team continues to actively monitor water levels and flows, snow, and weather forecasts across the Trent-Severn Waterway. These factors are used to determine dam operations on a daily basis to mitigate flooding impacts as much as possible. For information regarding flood planning or protecting your home or property, please contact your local municipality. For more information regarding the flood status and what to expect in your area, please visit the website of your local conservation authority. These are Kawartha Conservation, Otonabee Region Conservation Authority, Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority, Lower Trent Conservation, Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority or, in all other areas of the Trent and Severn Watersheds, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. Haliburton and Northern Areas Burnt River system flows continue to decline. Lake levels will begin to level off and possibly increase over the next week. The Gull River system lakes remain over filled. The second peak on the Gull River is occurring and water levels are expected to remain high through Minden and in reservoir lakes. Water levels and flows are declining on the Nogies Creek, Mississagua River, Eels Creek and Jack Creek systems. Kawartha Lakes, Peterborough and Otonabee Water levels are equalizing across the Kawartha Lakes, and the Otonabee River flows are on a gradual decline. Rice Lake and Lower Trent Levels on Rice Lake are still increasing slowly. Water levels will remain high through the Lower Trent river reaches, specifically Percy Reach, Lower Hastings, and Lower Glen Ross. The decline in flows from the Crowe River will assist in reducing water levels downstream of Crowe Bay. Severn River Flows have been gradually increased out of Lake Simcoe as flows decline on the Black River. Log operations at the Lake St. John dam will begin this week.
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    Find below an important water levels notice from Kawartha Conservation: http://kawarthaconservation.com/watershed/flood-forecasting
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    Find below an important water levels notice from Otonabee Conservation: http://www.otonabee.com/flood-warning-update-april-13-2016/
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    Find below an important water levels notice from Kawartha Conservation:
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    Water Level Management Update – April 11, 2016 Parks Canada's water management team continues to actively monitor water levels and flows, snow, and weather forecasts across the Trent-Severn Waterway. These factors are used to determine dam operations on a daily basis to mitigate flooding impacts as much as possible. For information regarding flood planning or protecting your home or property, please contact your local municipality. For more information regarding the flood status and what to expect in your area, please visit the website of your local conservation authority. These are Kawartha Conservation, Otonabee Region Conservation Authority, Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority, Lower Trent Conservation, Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority or, in all other areas of the Trent and Severn Watersheds, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. Haliburton and Northern Areas On the Burnt River system flows continue to decrease with reservoir lake levels continuing to decline being 83 % full. These decreases are expected to turn with additional snow melt and forecasted precipitation this week. Flows will remain high but will not likely approach the values seen in the previous two weeks. On the Gull River reservoir Lakes remain 104 % full . The second peak on the Gull River is occurring and water levels are expected to remain high through Minden. The forecasted precipitation and snow melt will keep the reservoir Lake levels at high levels and may increase water levels through Minden. Kawartha Lakes, Peterborough and Otonabee The Kawartha Lakes and the Otonabee River have peaked but may increase again with the ongoing precipitation. Levels and flows will remain high for the bulk of the week. Rice Lake and Lower Trent Levels on Rice Lake will continue to climb as will all the Lower Trent river reaches and specifically Percy Reach, Lower Hastings, and Lower Glen Ross. The peak flow on the Lower Trent will likely be seen this week. Severn River Flows have been gradually increased out of Lake Simcoe as flows decline on the Black River. Log operations at the Lake St. John dam will begin this week. Is your dam wide open? You may notice that not all dams you see are wide open, but Parks Canada is moving as much water downstream as possible. The dams on the system are not of uniform capacity and there are many factors to consider, such as limitations caused by infrastructure and other natural restrictions. In addition, it takes multiple days for water to move through the system, and upstream dam operations need to be coordinated with those downstream.
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    Flood Warning for Rice Lake and the Trent River - April 11, 2016 (Lower Trent Conservation)
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    Our #FavouriteTSW100 is this place! With so many beautiful spots, we keep changing our mind!
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    Find below an important water levels notice from Otonabee Conservation:
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    Find below an important water levels notice from Kawartha Conservation:
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    Find below an important water levels notice from Otonabee Conservation:
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    Water Level Management Update – April 8, 2016 Parks Canada's water management team continues to actively monitor water levels and flows, snow, and weather forecasts across the Trent-Severn Waterway. These factors are used to determine dam operations on a daily basis to mitigate flooding impacts as much as possible. For information regarding flood planning or protecting your home or property, please contact your local municipality. For more information regarding the flood status and what to expect in your area, please visit the website of your local conservation authority. These are Kawartha Conservation, Otonabee Region Conservation Authority, Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority, Lower Trent Conservation, Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority or, in all other areas of the Trent and Severn Watersheds, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. Haliburton and Northern Areas On the Burnt River system flows continue to decrease with reservoir lake levels continuing to decline being 88 % full. On the Gull River reservoir Lakes remain 104 % full . The second peak on the Gull River is occurring and water levels are expected to remain high through Minden. Sustained high flows are expected on the Gull River for the next several days. Water levels have improved significantly on Anstruther and Mississagua and Eels Lake. Flows will drop on Mississagua River and Eels Creek over the weekend. Kawartha Lakes, Peterborough and Otonabee Balsam Lake will remain high in the next few days. Cameron, Sturgeon and Buckhorn Lakes have peaked, as well as Lake Scogug. Continued high water levels are expected over the next few days in Lower Buckhorn, Lovesick, and Stony Lakes. Katchewanooka Lake levels will remain high. Flows on the Otonabee will remain high for the coming week. Rice Lake and Lower Trent Levels on Rice Lake will continue to climb as will all the Lower Trent river reaches and specifically Percy Reach, Lower Hastings, and Lower Glen Ross. The peak flow on the Lower Trent will likely be seen next week. Severn River The Black River has peaked and is quickly receding. Sparrow Lake is still high. Planned release from Lake Simcoe will begin today. Is your dam wide open? You may notice that not all dams you see are wide open, but Parks Canada is moving as much water downstream as possible. The dams on the system are not of uniform capacity and there are many factors to consider, such as limitations caused by infrastructure and other natural restrictions. In addition, it takes multiple days for water to move through the system, and upstream dam operations need to be coordinated with those downstream.
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    Find below an important water levels notice from Otonabee Conservation:
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    Find below a water level notice from Lower Trent Conservation: http://www.ltc.on.ca/flood/ffw/wlb/
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    Find below an important water level notice from Kawartha Conservation:
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    Find below an important water levels notice from Kawartha Conservation:
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    Find below an important water levels notice from Otonabee Conservation:
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    Water Level Management Update – April 6, 2016 Parks Canada's water management team continues to actively monitor water levels and flows, snow and weather forecasts across the Trent-Severn Waterway. These factors are used to determine dam operations on a daily basis to mitigate flooding impacts as much as possible. For information regarding flood planning or protecting your home or property, please contact your local municipality. For more information regarding the flood status and what to expect in your area, please visit the website of your local conservation authority. These are Kawartha Conservation, Otonabee Region Conservation Authority, Ganaraska Conservation Authority, Lower Trent Conservation Authority, Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority or, in all other areas of the Trent and Severn Watersheds, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. Haliburton and Northern Areas On the Burnt River system flows continue to decrease significantly with reservoir lake levels continuing to drop being 92% full on average. Reservoir Lakes are on average 104% full on the Gull River. The second peak on the Gull River is imminent and water levels are expected to be high through Minden. Sustained high flows are expected on the Gull River for the next several days. Severn River The Black River has peaked and is slowly receding. Sparrow Lake is still high however it is declining. As conditions improve on the Severn River as a result of Black River flow decline, the outflow will be released from Lake Simcoe. The incremental increases of outflow are likely to begin by week's end. Kawartha Lakes, Peterborough and Otonabee River Water levels continue to drop on Anstruther and Mississagua and Eels Lake. Flows remain high in Mississagua River and Eels Creek but will continue to decline as water levels in the upstream lakes drop. Balsam Lake will continue to rise to allow the reduction of levels in Cameron and Sturgeon Lakes. Scugog Lake has crested. The Tri-Lakes, including Buckhorn, Pigeon, Chemong, Big Bald and Little Bald Lakes, will continue to rise. Significant rise in water levels are expected at Lower Buckhorn, Lovesick and Deer Bay and Stony over the next few days as a result of increased flows from Buckhorn Lake. Katchewanooka Lake levels and the Otonabee River will remain high. Rice Lake and Lower Trent Levels on Rice Lake will continue to climb as will all the Lower Trent river reaches and specifically Percy Reach, Lower Hastings, and Lower Glen Ross. The peak flow on the Lower Trent will likely be seen next week. Current Forecast A special weather forecast has been released by Environment Canada. Significant snowfall is expected within the next 24 hours with some areas seeing mixed precipitation. Temperatures in general will approach seasonal values over the next week. Is your dam wide open? You may notice that not all dams you see are wide open, but Parks Canada is moving as much water downstream as possible. The dams on the system are not of uniform capacity and there are many factors to consider, such as limitations caused by infrastructure and other natural restrictions. In addition, it takes multiple days for water to move through the system, and upstream dam operations need to be coordinated with those downstream.
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    Find below an important water levels notice from Kawartha Conservation: http://ow.ly/10kaML
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    Find below an important water levels notice from Otonabee Conservation: http://ow.ly/10kacR
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    Water levels update from Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority:
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    Water Level Management Update – April 5, 2016 Parks Canada's water management team continues to actively monitor water levels and flows, snow and weather forecasts across the Trent-Severn Waterway. These factors are used to determine dam operations on a daily basis to mitigate flooding impacts as much as possible. For information regarding flood planning or protecting your home or property, please contact your local municipality. For more information regarding the flood status and what to expect in your area, please visit the website of your local conservation authority. These are Kawartha Conservation, Otonabee Region Conservation Authority, Ganaraska Conservation Authority, Lower Trent Conservation Authority, Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority or, in all other areas of the Trent and Severn Watersheds, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. Haliburton and Northern Areas The heavy rains and snow melt of last week have resulted in high lake levels and stream flows on the Burnt and Gull Rivers. The recent cold weather has been significantly reducing the inflows into both the Gull and Burnt systems over the past few days. Lakes on the Burnt System appear to be levelling off at the average of 97% being full and the stream flows have peaked on the Burnt and Irondale Rivers; flows are expected to continue to drop but will remain elevated as high lake levels are brought down. Despite the slow decline in inflows into the Gull River watershed due to cold temperatures, the Gull River is expected to have its second peak, possibly higher than the first, in the next few days. Most of the lakes are over full being 104% on average and high flows can be expected to be sustained for at least the next week. Water levels through Minden specifically are expected to stay high. There is still a remaining snow pack in northern areas and the current forecast is calling for more snow in the coming days.. Severn River The Black River is expected to peak today. As the flows decrease, outflows will be increased from Lake Simcoe which currently has no outflow. Water levels are expected to continue to increase on Lake Simcoe. Kawartha Lakes, Peterborough and Otonabee River Anstruther and Mississagua Lakes have peaked and flows are slowly decreasing on the Mississagua River. Flows will remain high on the Mississagua River while the upstream lakes come down. Eels Creek has peaked and the water levels are beginning to come down on Eels Lake. High flows out of Eels Creek are expected for the next week. The Kawartha Lakes will continue to rise significantly over the next week. Current drop in water levels observed at Lovesick, Deer Bay and Lower Buckhorn will be short term only. These lakes are expected to rise and potentially reach elevated levels later this week. Flows have begun to be diverted from Balsam Lake to the Talbot River to slow the rate of increase in water levels on Cameron Lake. Otonabee River levels are on the rise and will likely peak within the next week. Katchewanooka Lake and river reaches below are expected to rise as the week progresses. Rice Lake and Lower Trent Levels on Rice Lake will continue to climb as will all the Lower Trent river reaches and specifically Percy Reach. The peak flow on the Lower Trent will likely be seen next week. __________________ Is your dam wide open? You may notice that not all dams you see are wide open, but Parks Canada is moving as much water downstream as possible. The dams on the system are not of uniform capacity and there are many factors to consider, such as limitations caused by infrastructure and other natural restrictions. In addition, it takes multiple days for water to move through the system, and upstream dam operations need to be coordinated with those downstream.
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    We love Lock 7 - Glen Ross @NorthumberlandT #FavouriteTSW100. 45 days left until we open!
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    Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority has issued the following flood outlook
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    Flood warning update issued by Otonabee Conservation:
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    Important message regarding a Flood Watch from the Trent-Severn Waterway
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    Kawartha Conservation has issued a flood watch for the Kawartha Lakes:
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    Lower Trent Conservation has issued a flood watch for the Trent River:
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    Water Level Management Update – April 1, 2016
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    Find below a flood warning from Otonabee Conservation. #BeSafe
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    Flood Warning Bancroft District – Gull, Black & Burnt River Watersheds NEWS Thursday, March 31, 2016 2:30 p.m. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) Bancroft District is advising area residents that a Flood Warning is in effect for the Gull, Black and Burnt River watersheds. Residents should keep a close watch on conditions, regularly check for updated messages and stay away from fast-moving rivers and streams. Residents who have a historic susceptibility to flooding should take appropriate precautions to protect their property, such as ensuring sump pumps are functioning and securing items that may float away as water levels rise. Caution is advised on all forest access roads due to the potential for water on roads, washouts and heavy rutting. Residents and those visiting the area are advised to be aware of current watershed conditions, exercise caution while around water bodies and maintain close supervision of children and pets. A Flood Watch is also in effect for all of the MNRF Bancroft District. MNRF is closely monitoring the weather and developing watershed conditions. Further updates will be issued as appropriate. TECHNICAL INFORMATION Description of Weather System This message is being sent on the basis of information received from MNRF - Surface Water Monitoring Centre, MNRF - Aviation Forest Fire and Emergency Management Services, Trent Severn Waterway and Environment Canada. The Rainfall Warning issued yesterday by Environment Canada for areas within Bancroft District remains in effect with precipitation forecasted to continue into tomorrow (Friday) afternoon. As of 11AM, the precipitation forecast for today through tonight is 30-45mm. There is also the risk of isolated thunderstorms. Daily high temperatures are forecast to range from 7°C to 12°C through Friday before returning to colder temperatures on the weekend. Description of Current Conditions Although the majority of the snowpack has melted over the past couple weeks, a significant amount of snow is still present in upper reaches of our watersheds. The water content in the snow varies across the district from below average to about average. Soil surfaces are mostly frozen and unable to absorb moisture. Last weekend’s rainfall and snow melt has resulted in high water conditions for much of the rivers and streams in the Bancroft District. Incoming rainfall will result in exacerbating the already high water conditions and is likely to lead to minor flooding in vulnerable areas. Snowmelt due to warm temperatures could cause flooding in local watersheds, particularly the Gull, Black, Burnt and Irondale River watersheds. Smaller streams and creeks will respond quickly to the additional runoff. Larger water bodies, including the reservoir lakes, will take longer to react. Additional water accumulation in areas adjacent to watercourses, road ditches and areas with poor drainage may occur. With the combination of forecast precipitation and remaining ice cover on local lakes and rivers, there is the potential for ice jams to form and contribute to elevated water levels and flooding in some instances. As a result of recent rainfalls, reservoir lakes in the district are at or above the target operating levels for this time of year. The MNRF and the Trent-Severn Waterway (TSW) continue to closely monitor local lakes and rivers as the freshet progresses. The MNRF is in regular communication with partner agencies and water control structure operators, including Conservation Authorities, Ontario Power Generation (OPG), Bracebridge Generation and the TSW. Expiry Date: This message will expire on 04/04/2016 12:00 PM Terminology: Notification Levels WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT – FLOOD OUTLOOK: gives early notice of the potential for flooding based on weather forecasts calling for heavy rain, snow melt, high winds or other conditions WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT – WATER SAFETY: indicates that high flows, melting ice or other factors could be dangerous for such users as boaters, anglers and swimmers but flooding is not expected FLOOD WATCH: potential for flooding exists within specific watercourses and municipalities FLOOD WARNING: flooding is imminent or occurring within specific watercourses and municipalities Contact Information MNRF Bancroft District Office Luke Hillyer, IRM Technical Specialist, Bancroft District, 613-332-3940, x 216 MNRF Minden Field Office Kris Windover, IRM Technical Specialist, Minden Field Office, Bancroft District, 705-286-5207 A close watch on local conditions and weather forecasts from Environment Canada is recommended. Environment Canada bulletins can be found at http://weather.gc.ca/ The Surface Water Monitoring Centre public webpage can be found here: www.ontario.ca/flooding
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