Average drought reported in Mississippi, Rideau watersheds

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The Mississippi Valley and Rideau Valley conservation authorities are warning of low water and average drought circumstances because the dry, torrid climate continues throughout the area.

“A lot of the higher lakes within the watershed are at summer season goal ranges however evaporation may develop into a major concern if present circumstances persist,” the MVCA mentioned in a press release issued Wednesday. “That is anticipated given what little rainfall is in present forecasts.”

It urges residents within the watershed not on the Metropolis of Ottawa system to start conserving water.

The RVCA issued a “average” low water advisory on June 25.

The advisories are based mostly on stream flows and the quantity of rainfall, mentioned Brian Stratton, supervisor of engineering companies for the RVCA.

“It’s the shortage of precipitation that’s triggering this. The stream flows are extraordinarily low,” Stratton mentioned.

“The following stage is ‘extreme drought’ and I feel we’re approaching that fairly rapidly,” he mentioned.