Water Level Monitoring
Ausable Bayfield Conservation maintains and operates a network of water level and climate stations throughout the watershed to be able to predict watershed response to precipitation and snow melt events and forecast stream flows and water levels which may affect watershed residents.
Watershed monitoring includes water level stations, precipitation gauges and some meteorological monitoring which can be accessed in real time. During the winter months snow accumulations and ice depths are monitored in major rivers.
The network is used to determine if water levels will create flooding problems.
The network also allows long-term monitoring of water supply conditions during low flow periods. Because of changing weather patterns, we are experiencing extended periods of low rainfall and high temperatures.
Indications are that low water levels may become more common. Therefore, the provincial government has prepared the Ontario Low Water Response Plan intending to ensure provincial preparedness, to assist in coordination and to support local response in the event of drought conditions. Conservation authorities have become the lead agency in establishing a watershed-based Water Response Team.
- Get the plan (PDF format from Ontario Government website).
At home and at work you can help preserve water quantity. Conserve water:
- Get a rain barrel to capture, store, and use rainwater for your plants and lawn - instead of using valuable treated water.
- When there is a limited amount of water, hold off on washing your car.
- During times of low water, let your lawn stay dormant until the next rain.
- Don't keep the water running ... when brushing your teeth, fill a cup with water instead of letting valuable water pour down the sink.
- Consider irrigating at different times - for example, later in the day.
- Ensure your equipment is well-maintained and avoid leaks. Get leaks fixed in your plumbing at home and work.
Thank you for your water conservation efforts.
For information on flood plain management visit our Flood Plain Management page.