Summer drought continues into the winter

Categories: News
Published on: January 11, 2017

Cat Tales / Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority / Winter/Spring 2017

The lack of rain was the lead story in the previous edition of Cat Tales and continues to create headlines – and headaches – for folks living within the CRCA jurisdiction.

As of the writing of this article, in early December, officials with the Cataraqui Region Water Response Team had deemed that the region was still in a moderate drought situation, downgrading it on Nov. 15 from severe where it had been for much of the summer and fall. That action came about after there was a significant amount of rainfall in mid-October helping stream flows and groundwater to rise to levels where supply was barely meeting demand. At this level, officials still recommend that water users practice conservation with at least a 20 per cent reduction in normal usage. As recently as Nov. 2, the ‘severe’ tag was still in place.