Report on Muskoka Water Levels

For all of you headed up to cottage country this weekend, here is a report from the Muskoka Lakes Association:

Currently in Muskoka, water levels continue to decline with Lake Muskoka now at a level within its normal operating zone. Lake Joseph and Lake Rosseau are at 8 cm above their normal operating zone.

Please refer here to understand water operating zones:
http://www.muskokawaterweb.ca/water-101/water-quantity/operating-regime

To date, the MLA has been in communication with the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) , local mayors and the District of Muskoka Chair.  This afternoon, the Mayor of Bracebridge is meeting with the Premier and the Minister of Natural Resources to request a comprehensive review of the cause of the flood, and whether steps can be taken to mitigate the impact of similar circumstances in the future.

The MLA has established an issues management committee to focus on flood related matters, on behalf of our members. Next week we will include an insert with the spring edition of ShoreLines providing a summary of what we have determined so far.  We will continue to provide updates and advice as events unfold, and we plan to participate actively in any review  process.

In the meantime, cottagers returning to Muskoka are advised that they may face extensive damage, particularly in the Muskoka and Moon Rivers, and on Lake Muskoka. Members are cautioned to seek professional help to assess and repair electrical, and septic systems, and to contact your local township office to determine whether repair to boathouses and docking may be subject to a building permit.  Floating debris continues to be a concern and boaters are advised to exercise extreme caution.

You can follow the changing water levels at: http://www.wateroffice.ec.gc.ca/graph/graph_e.html?stn=02EB018

The MLA encourages neighbours to work together to manage clean-up.

Muskoka Lakes Association

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