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Low Water levels concern Quinte Conservation officials

Climate change is affecting water resources in Canada, as discussed in this article.  The lack of consistent rainfall has threatened the reservoirs of eastern Ontario.  Water levels are low in several rivers, including the Napanee, Salmon, Skootamatta, and the Black River.   If the dry conditions do not end soon, there will be major water supply problems.

The low water level concern influences everyone in the province of Ontario. Across the province, many are worried about the potential impacts of water shortages. Farmers and other landowners need the river water for irrigation. The water conservation authority is concerned about the drainage of water from upland reservoirs.  Reduced flow can lower water levels on the lakes and prevent recreational boating.

Looking into the future, Quinte Conservation is projecting a change in the distribution of rainfall rather than the amount. There will be heavier rains in the spring with drier spells at the end of the season. In the meantime, authorities are urging citizens to conserve water usage before the situation worsens.

Water Resources Group

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