MNRF Reducing Water Levels In Muskoka Watershed

Posted: 2019-11-11 07:24:19 By: hbr

Muskoka Lakes Township is continuing to monitor local water levels five months after the 2019 flood and says water levels have climbed over the past few weeks in response to unusually wet weather experienced this fall. The MNRF advises that the current water level on Lake Muskoka is within the normal range for this time of year, but is above the target water level typically reached by early December. The MNRF is discharging water on Lake Muskoka to lower water levels to achieve the normal range seen between now and April.

“Although water levels are slightly on the high side of the normal range for this time of year, the MNRF anticipates that they will come down,” states Mayor Harding.

The Township awaits recommendations from the province to address flooding in Ontario. “The government has received a report from Doug McNeil, named in July as Ontario’s special adviser on flooding,” says Mayor Harding. “We expect to hear the recommendations in the coming weeks and the impacts it may have on the Muskoka River Water Management Plan,” he said.

The Township remains in contact with Swift River Energy Limited (SREL) regarding the new hydro generating station in Bala and the importance it has to the discharge of water through the Muskoka watershed, in particular Lake Muskoka and the Moon River.