Watershed Condition Statement – Water Safety

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The Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority would like to issue a statement to
residents with regard to current watershed conditions.

The weather forecast over the next few days indicates a continuing warming trend with
mild precipitation (10 to 15 millimetres) but no significant rainfall amounts are currently
forecast. Warm temperatures have resulted in melting of snow pack. A significant
amount of snow is still present in the upper watershed. We anticipate a faster than
normal melting event with continuing warm temperatures for the remainder of the week
and through the weekend. The ground is saturated and the meltwater is flowing into
local waterways.

Water levels in local rivers are below critical levels and flooding is not anticipated. As
melt continues and anticipated rainfalls are received, local rivers, streams and the flood
control channels will experience a rise in water levels and flows.

The flood control channels owned and maintained by the Sault Ste. Marie Region
Conservation Authority are flowing and melt water is entering the system. The Sault Ste.
Marie Region Conservation Authority will be closely monitoring stream flows across the
watershed.

It is important to remember that the water in local rivers, streams and channels is
extremely cold. The Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority would like to
extend a warning to residents and visitors to use extreme caution when close to rivers,
creeks and channels. Potential increases in water levels and flows can be especially
dangerous and stream banks can be slippery. Please keep children and pets away from
fast flowing rivers and streams.

This statement is in effect until Friday April 07, 2017.