MISSISSIPPI-RIDEAU, May 16, 2024 – Just in time for cottage season, the Mississippi-Rideau Source Protection Region (MRSPR) has released a series of short educational videos about keeping your drinking water safe when drawing directly from a lake or river.  Drinking surface water is not uncommon on waterfront properties, but comes with unique risks, including increased potential for harmful algal blooms, pathogens and chemical contaminants to impact drinking water safety. The MRSPR’s new four-part video series addresses these issues, discussing the pros and cons of available at-home water treatment options and even taking viewers on a tour of an Otter Lake…
OTTAWA, May 13, 2024 – If you’re fascinated by the natural world, love spending time outside or simply want an excuse to splash around in your local creek, now’s your chance.  The RVCA’s City Stream Watch program will host a volunteer orientation day on May 25 for anyone interested in helping with its stream assessments, which carefully survey the full length of four Ottawa creeks each summer. This year’s candidates are Graham Creek near Bayshore Mall, Brassils Creek near Burritts Rapids, McEwan Creek in Greenboro and Greens Creek in Beacon Hill. Survey volunteers can sign up for their preferred shifts on weekday mornings, afternoons…
MANOTICK, May 2, 2024 – Forests are full of stories, and now Baxter Conservation Area has added another in the form of a permanent Storybook Trail.    Thanks to a generous grant from the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF), a series of displays now dot the popular and accessible Fiddlehead Trail, beginning at the Interpretive Centre. Each case offers a single page of the featured story, allowing families to read together as they move along the trail. Fun activities and challenges that relate to the story also encourage kids to dive deeper into the natural world around them. “This…
(WCS – R07/2024)April 24, 2024 – A Flood Outlook Statement is being maintained for the Upper Rideau Valley Watershed. Since early April, the Upper Rideau Valley Watershed near Bobs and Christie Lakes and the Tay River has received just over 100mm of rainfall. The weather forecast indicates another 15 to 20mm of precipitation for the next week. This above-average precipitation has resulted in increased water levels in Bobs and Christie Lakes. Based on the above, a FLOOD OUTLOOK is being maintained for the properties around Bobs and Christie Lakes in the Upper Rideau Valley Watershed. The water levels are expected to remain elevated and may result…
(WCS – R06/2024)April 15, 2024 – A Flood Outlook Statement is being issued for the Upper Rideau Valley Watershed. Since early April, two large weather systems have brought between 60 to 90 mm of precipitation across the Rideau Valley Watershed. The highest precipitation amounts (90 mm) fell across the Upper Rideau Valley Watershed near Bob’s and Christie Lakes and the Tay River. The weather forecast indicates another 10 to 15 mm of precipitation for the next week. The significant precipitation received since early April has resulted in increased water levels and flows in all waterways in the Rideau Valley Watershed.  Based on the…
Water Conditions Statement: Flood Outlook — Lower Ottawa River April 14, 2024 — A Flood Outlook Statement is being issued for areas along the Lower Ottawa River (Arnprior to Hawkesbury).  Based on a large weather system from Texas that brought 15 to 75 mm of precipitation over much of the Ottawa River basin between April 11 and 13, levels and flows along the Ottawa River have begun increasing due to spring runoff. Residents along the shores of the Lower Ottawa River should be aware that throughout the spring freshet period water levels can rise rapidly at times and cause minor flooding…
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