MVCA declares severe drought

Mississippi Valley Conservation AuthorityThe Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) Low Water Response Team upgraded the drought status for the watershed to Level III / Severe status on August 11. Severe drought conditions mean water supply is no longer meeting the demand. Water conservation is recommended throughout the region.

Tips & Links

  • Lawns that appear “dead” from the drought are not; the grass has just gone dormant from lack of water. When rainfall returns the grass will come out of dormancy and turn green, similar to what happens in the spring. Lawns typically only require about 25 mm of water a week to “stay green.” More than that can damage the root system making the grass more susceptible to other adverse conditions.
  • Residents on well systems are strongly urged to use water conservatively.
  • Those who have permits for taking water from surface or groundwater sources are encouraged to reduce their actual taking as much as possible.
  • Using rain barrels to capture any rain to water lawns and gardens, and avoidance of using pressure washers to clean houses, driveways, decks and fences all contribute to the conservation of our water resources.
  • Removing water from streams and lakes to water lawns or gardens may cause problems for other users.

Info on protecting wells – MOECC – http://bit.ly/2bkhghL

Agricultural info – OMAFRA – http://bit.ly/2blGQjz

In order to track impacts of the drought conditions within the watershed, we request that any individuals or businesses within the Mississippi Valley watershed that are experiencing difficulties with their wells please contact MVCA at 613-253-0006 ext 233 or 243. There is a questionnaire on our website that can be filled out by the public that have witnessed environmental concerns or issues with dry wells to assist in documenting this event.

In order to track impacts of the drought conditions within the watershed, we request that any individuals or businesses within the Mississippi Valley watershed that are experiencing difficulties with their wells please contact MVCA at 613-253-0006 ext 233 or 243. There

is a questionnaire on our website that can be filled out by the public that have witnessed environmental concerns or issues with dry wells to assist in documenting this event.