Oc­to­ber rains eased low-wa­ter sit­u­a­tion

The Peterborough Examiner - - LOCAL -

Oton­abee Conservati­on has ended the low-wa­ter dec­la­ra­tion trig­gered by ab­nor­mally dry con­di­tions in July that con­tin­ued through­out Au­gust and Septem­ber.

“An un­usu­ally hot and dry July was fol­lowed by con­tin­ued rain­fall deficits in Au­gust, which in turn re­sulted in very low flows in some of our lo­cal streams,” states a re­port from Oton­abee Conservati­on. “For ex­am­ple, the av­er­age flow of Jack­son Creek dur­ing Au­gust was only 30 per cent of its his­tor­i­cal av­er­age flow for the month.”

Septem­ber pre­cip­i­ta­tion was 31-44 mil­lime­tres be­low nor­mal, the conservati­on author­ity states.

That changed in Oc­to­ber. “Oc­to­ber’s sur­plus rain­fall was suf­fi­cient to re­plen­ish soil mois­ture and re­turn stream flows to nor­mal or near nor­mal con­di­tions for this time of year.”

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