Cataraqui Conservation reports its agency and regional water managers have started seasonal water level adjustments on managed lakes within the Cataraqui Watershed.
The overall water levels for managed lakes, those with a water control structure such as a dam, are drawn down by Cataraqui Conservation staff each fall, following the summer recreation season, to increase capacity for fall rains, runoff from spring snow melt, and rainfall. The draw down is also conducted in an attempt to stabilize water levels before the winter freeze to promote a stable ice surface in the winter.
Staff will make these adjustments during coming weeks, resulting in water level decreases at Cataraqui Conservation managed lake dams that include Wilton Road Dam on Odessa Lake, Sydenham Lake Dam, Temperance Lake Dam, Fred Grant Dam at Lees Pond, and Broome-Runciman Dam on Buell’s Creek Reservoir at the Mac Johnson Wildlife Area.
Water levels are expected to fluctuate through the fall, depending on the amount of rainfall, with the work expected to be finished by December. Downstream of these managed lakes can expect higher flows during this period.
“Residents are reminded to use caution and stay away from dams (inflow and outflow channels) and fast flowing watercourses,” states a CRCA release. “Respect the hazards in these areas by obeying all warning signs, booms, buoys, and barriers. Stay well back from the water’s edge above and below dams and hydroelectric stations. Creek banks and lake shorelines may be slippery, increasing the chance of falling in.”
Visit the CRCA website to find a list of water control structures and owners in the area.