As of Wednesday, March 30, water levels along the Tay Waterway are generally at a normal high level for the spring ‘freshet’ period. This is expected to continue, although there is potential for increased precipitation in early April.
Christie Lake Association has provided the following report based on Parks Canada’s update of March 29th. “The Snowpack for the 2021/22 winter season was average and, due to recent spring conditions, approximately 80% of the snowpack in the Tay River drainage area has melted. The rapid melt has resulted in high water levels on Bobs Lake and Christie Lake; however, flooding conditions are not forecast.
In anticipation of additional moisture in the form of rain and/or snow through the first half of April, Parks Canada will be increasing the flow from Bobs Lake. Parks Canada has indicated that they see no reason that flood levels on Christie Lake will be reached and that they will continually monitor the water levels on Christie Lake throughout the 2022 Spring Freshet. They will contact the downstream stakeholders should conditions change.”
The foregoing could affect levels in the mid-waterway area (Christie Lake to Glen Tay).
A positive note – Eagle Lake level peaked on March 28 and started to drop.
Water levels at Perth are at normal high freshet level and have decreased since March 26th. As in other parts of the waterway, this is earlier than the usual spring peak. Levels above Perth to Glen Tay have been very high, possibly due to ice build-up, but have been dropping since over the past two days.
Port Elmsley levels were increasing over in the past week, due to high water upstream of the Beveridge Dam in the Tay Canal sector. The level at Port Elmsley is presently (March 30th) amongst the highest of the past three years, however, as these were not peak years, there is still room for increase. This is being monitored.
For current water levels: https://www.taywatershed.ca/documents/streamflow.php
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