For current flood messages please visit our Flood Messages page.
For information on flood plain management visit our Flood Plain Management page.
For current low water advisories please visit our Low Water Advisory page.
Water Level Monitoring
Ausable Bayfield Conservation maintains and operates a network of water level and climate stations throughout the watershed to be able to predict watershed response to precipitation and snow melt events and forecast stream flows and water levels which may affect watershed residents.
Watershed monitoring includes water level stations, precipitation gauges and some meteorological monitoring which can be accessed in real time. During the winter months snow accumulations and ice depths are monitored in major rivers.
The network is used to determine if water levels will create flooding problems. The network also allows long-term monitoring of water supply conditions during low flow periods. Because of changing weather patterns, we are experiencing extended periods of low rainfall and high temperatures. Indications are that low water levels may become more common. Therefore, the provincial government has prepared the Ontario Low Water Response Plan intending to ensure provincial preparedness, to assist in coordination and to support local response in the event of drought conditions. Conservation authorities have become the lead agency in establishing a watershed-based Water Response Team.
Get the plan (PDF format from Ontario Government website).
At home and at work you can help preserve water quantity. Conserve water:
Thank you for your water conservation efforts.