Lower Trent Conservation
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Water Bulletins

Water Safety Statement – Trent River

Date Issued:
June 13, 2022
3:00 pm
Issued To:
Municipalities (Quinte West, Trent Hills), Northumberland County, Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry, Parks Canada – Ontario Waterways, Ontario Power Generation, Innergex, Media, Health Units, Emergency Response Agencies
LTC – 22 - 04
Valid Until:
June 24, 2022

A Water Safety Statement is issued during high flows, unsafe banks, melting ice or other factors that could be dangerous for recreational users such as anglers, canoeists, hikers, children, pets, etc. Nuisance flooding for some may occur.

The upper portions of the Trent River Watershed have experienced rainfall amounts up to 50 mm (2”) in the past couple of days. Heavy rains earlier last week (50 mm to 100 mm) have filled many of the reservoirs and lakes and Parks Canada- Ontario Waterways is currently managing the extra runoff. As a result, the water levels and flows in the Trent River are much higher than typical for this time of year along the entire portion of the Trent-Severn Waterway within the Lower Trent Conservation jurisdiction.

Parks Canada advises the public to expect higher than normal water levels and flows on the Trent River during navigation hours. In addition, flows will increase outside of navigation hours and should be considered “NOT Navigable”. The increased flows overnight are the result of water management dam adjustments to address the higher than normal water levels caused by the recent precipitation. Areas in Lower Hastings and Percy Reach areas will see water levels increase.

The public is cautioned that fast moving water will create hazardous conditions especially along the Trent River. During this period of above normal water levels and flows, residents and visitors should exercise extreme caution on and around water. Areas around dams, culverts and bridges should be avoided at all times. Parents and caregivers are advised to keep children and pets away from all waterways.

This Watershed Safety Statement will be in effect until (or updated before) Friday, June 24, 2022.

Lower Trent Conservation staff monitors water levels and weather forecasts closely as part of its flood forecasting and warning program. Updates will be provided as conditions warrant. Anyone having concerns about water levels can contact Parks Canada (705)-750-4950 or [email protected]