Media Release - Muskoka Lakes Provides Update on Local Water Levels

Media Release
For Immediate Release
November 8, 2019

Muskoka Lakes Provides Update on Local Water Levels

MUSKOKA LAKES – The Township of Muskoka Lakes continues to monitor local water levels five months after the 2019 flood. The Township is in communication with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) regarding current water levels. 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. Discharge has begun 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. “We will continue to monitor water levels with the MNRF and provide updates as we receive further information.”

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.” Doug McNeil met with local stakeholders over the course of the summer, including Mayor Phil Harding, to discuss how the province can improve flood resiliency and recovery.

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. “SREL has not received a permit to take water to date,” says Mayor Harding. “The Muskoka River Water Management Plan has also yet to be amended to include SREL. We do not expect to see any testing of the hydro generating station over the next couple of weeks.”

The Township will continue to communicate all information by means of media releases to radio stations and local newspapers, social media and our new municipal website set to launch on November 18, 2019.


Friday, November 8, 2019
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