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Notices & Releases

Notices will be posted on a regular basis outlining details of upcoming items to be discussed at Council or Committee of the Whole that have notice requirements under the Municipal Act 2001 or Section 34 of the Planning and Development Act of Ontario.

The types of notices appearing on this page will include but, are not limited to, Public Meetings, Public Hearings, Information, Open Houses.

Otonabee Conservation – Flood Warning Update

Date Posted: April 21, 2017

A Flood Warning is issued when flooding is imminent or occurring.

 Issued to: Municipalities of Selwyn (SEL), Douro-Dummer (DD), Asphodel-Norwood (AN), Otonabee-South Monaghan (OSM), Cavan Monaghan (CM), City of Kawartha Lakes (CKL), City of Peterborough (CP) and Trent Hills (TH), as well as ORCA’s other partners in emergency flood management.

This Flood Warning applies to those Kawartha Lakes within the geographical jurisdiction of the Otonabee Region Conservation Authority, as well as the Otonabee River.

Information in this message regarding watershed conditions is based on observations of the Otonabee Region Conservation Authority combined with input from our partners, including Environment and Climate Change Canada, Water Survey of Canada, Parks Canada – Ontario Waterways Unit, and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

Inflows to the Kawartha Lakes from the Haliburton region continue to decline. As a result, the water levels on the Kawartha Lakes and flows on the Otonabee River have peaked and are now decreasing, but flooding of area waterbodies / water courses continues. Therefore, the flood warning for the Kawartha Lakes and Otonabee River remains in effect.

Despite the decreasing water levels and flows, area lakes, rivers, streams and creeks continue to pose a serious danger because of persistent high water levels, very fast flows and extremely cold water temperatures. Therefore, area residents, and visitors to the region, are advised to stay clear and stay safe.

 This Flood Warning will be updated no later than Monday, April 24, 2017 before 2 PM.

To report a flood in your area, call the Flood Watch Hotline – 705-745-5791, ext. 228, or e-mail: orcafloodduty@otonabee.com. If you experience a flood emergency, call 911 immediately.

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Trent Severn Waterway – Mississagua Dam Update, April 2017

Date Posted: April 19, 2017

April 19, 2017 – During the week of April 3, 2017 the new Mississagua Lake dam began to take shape with the creation of the first two concrete piers.   These piers built upon the concrete pad that had been previously poured as the foundation of the new dam.

Additionally, the wingwall connecting the shoreline to the easternmost pier has been formed up, and rebar set, in preparation for pouring the concrete that will form that portion of the new dam.  This pouring is anticipated in the coming days weather permitting.

The final piece in this first phase constructing the eastern portion of the new dam will be the forming and pouring of a rollway between the two piers.  A rollway is a contoured concrete surface at the base of the spillway that incorporates a sill plate.  The logs controlling the flow of water through the dam will seat on this sill plate.

Once the rollway is complete, work will begin transitioning to the next phase of this project.  Part of the existing temporary coffer dam will be removed to enable water to be shifted back to the easterly side of the site.  The remaining coffer dam will then be extended to facilitate the creation of piers on the westerly side of the site.  This shift to the second phase is currently anticipated to take place by May.

Water levels will continue to be carefully monitored and Parks Canada’s team members stand ready to make adjustments as required.
The replacement of the Mississagua Lake Dam is part of Parks Canada’s unprecedented $3 billion dollar investment over 5 years to support infrastructure work to heritage, visitor, waterway and highway assets located within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas across Canada. These historic investments will mitigate health and safety risks, halt the loss of nationally significant built heritage and stimulate the economy in communities across the country.

Construction Site Safety

The replacement of the Mississagua Lake dam is a historic event and there has been tremendous interest amongst residents and visitors to the area.  There have been many reports of unauthorized individuals accessing the site to take a look at how work is progressing.  Unauthorized access to the construction site is strictly prohibited and can result in fines, serious injuries, or worse.  Parks Canada will continue to provide regular updates and photos about the progress of this project.  We respectfully ask that all posted signage be respected throughout this important project.

About Mississagua Lake Dam

The current dam at Mississagua Lake dates to approximately 1930 and replaced a timber crib dam that had been previously built in the area.  Remnants of this timber crib dam can still be seen in the water upstream of the dam site.  While numerous repairs have been made on the dam over the years, there have not been any major rehabilitations since the original construction.  When the existing dam was built it was anticipated that the water level of Mississagua Lake would be set much higher, thus explaining the abnormal difference in height between the dam and the overflow weir.

For More Information:

For up-to-date news on infrastructure work along the Trent Severn Waterway, please visit our website: www.pc.gc.ca/tswInfrastructure. If you have questions about the project to replace the Mississagua Lake Dam or if you would like to be added to our community engagement list and receive updates on this project, please contact us at: ont.trentsevern@pc.gc.ca and include Mississagua Lake Dam in the subject heading.

 

Otonabee Conservation Flood Warning Update

Date Posted: April 13, 2017

Flood Warning Update – April 13, 2017

A Flood Warning is issued when flooding is imminent or occurring.

Issued to: Municipalities of Selwyn (SEL), Douro-Dummer (DD), Asphodel-Norwood (AN), Otonabee-South Monaghan (OSM), Cavan Monaghan (CM), City of Kawartha Lakes (CKL), City of Peterborough (CP) and Trent Hills (TH), as well as ORCA’s other partners in emergency flood management.

This Flood Warning applies to the Kawartha Lakes and Otonabee River, within the geographical jurisdiction of the Otonabee Region Conservation Authority.

Information in this message regarding watershed conditions is based on observations of the Otonabee Region Conservation Authority combined with input from our partners, including Environment and Climate Change Canada, Water Survey of Canada, Parks Canada – Ontario Waterways Unit, and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

As reported yesterday, inflows from the reservoir lakes have peaked and are beginning to decline. Forecast rainfall for the weekend (Saturday and Sunday), ranges from 20-25 millimeters (mm) in the Haliburton Region.  Should this rain materialize, inflows to the Kawartha Lakes may increase, and in turn, prolong current high water levels, or result in minor increases.  Water levels on the Kawartha Lakes and Otonabee River are not expected to rise significantly over the long weekend.

Currently, the Tri-Lakes (Pigeon, Buckhorn and Chemong) continue to increase slowly, and although inflows have been decreased, these lakes will continue to rise over the next 1 – 2 days. Lower Buckhorn Lake has reversed course and started to decline over the past 24 hours.  Stoney and Katchwanooka Lake have remained relatively static over the past 24 hours; no significant increases are expected on these lakes over the next 1-2 days.  The Otonabee River will remain at its current flow rate for the next 1-2 days.  Rice Lake and the Trent River up to Hastings, is continuing a slow and steady increase but has yet to reach a critical flood stage.

ORCA staff is maintaining contact with Parks Canada – Ontario Waterways Unit, and will advise the public and our emergency management partners of changing conditions. Residents are reminded to stay clear of all waterways during this time, as high flows and cold water temperatures will be dangerous.

 This Flood Warning will be updated no later than Monday, April 17, 2017 before 2 PM.  The ORCA Duty Officer will update this message over the weekend if conditions are warranted.

To report a flood in your area, call the Flood Watch Hotline – 705-745-5791, ext. 228, or e-mail: orcafloodduty@otonabee.com. If you experience a flood emergency, call 911 immediately.

Land Tax Sale Property Number 2 Cancelled

Date Posted:

Take Notice that Property No. 2 in the Land Tax Sale has been cancelled.

A revised Land Tax Sale Package is now available on the Land Tax Sale webpage or the following link: http://www.trentlakes.ca/announcements/land-tax-sales/

For further information, please contact: Donna Teggart, Treasurer/Tax Collector at 705-738-3800 Ext. 228

Otonabee Conservation – Flood Warning Update for April 12, 2017

Date Posted: April 12, 2017

Otonabee Conservation advises that the Flood Warning remains in effect for the Kawartha Lakes and the Otonabee River. Residents are reminded to stay clear of all waterways during this time, as high flows and cold water temperatures will be dangerous.

The reservoir lakes north of the Otonabee Region watershed are currently nearing their capacity as recent warm weather and rainfall continues to melt the remaining snow pack. Inflows from the reservoir lake river system, to the Kawartha Lakes, have likely reached their peak, and depending on forecast rainfall, should start to decline.  This in turn, should slow the rate of increase on the Kawartha Lakes.  The Tri-Lakes (Pigeon, Buckhorn and Chemong) will continue a slow rise over the coming days, but should flatten out as more water is moved into Stoney Lake, and inflows from the reservoir lakes decrease.  Stoney and Katchewanooka Lake have remained steady over the past 24 hours, and are expected to remain at this level for now.

Flow down the Otonabee River has also remained steady over the past 24 hours and no changes are anticipated in the next 24 hours.  Rice Lake and the Trent River up to Hastings, are continuing a slow and steady increase but have yet to reach a critical flood stage.

Warm temperatures, and forecast rainfall for the long weekend, across the watershed of the Trent-Severn Waterway, is likely to prolong high water levels and flows across the Otonabee Region watershed.

Otonabee Conservation staff is maintaining contact with Parks Canada – Ontario Waterways Unit, and will advise the public and our emergency management partners of changing conditions.

This Flood Warning will be updated Thursday, April 13, 2017.

To report a flood in your area, call the Flood Watch Hotline – 705-745-5791, ext. 228, or e-mail: orcafloodduty@otonabee.com.

If you experience a flood emergency, call 911 immediately.

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Parks Canada – Spring Maintenance for Trent-Severn Waterway Bridges

Date Posted:

Canada Parks advises they will be conducting spring maintenance at some of their Trent-Severn Waterway swing bridges sites.
Seasonal maintenance will cause traffic delays on the Bobcaygeon.

Motorists are encouraged to plan their routes accordingly in order to avoid delays. To accommodate school bus traffic, efforts will be made to keep bridge delays between 9:00 am and 2:30 pm. Parks Canada wishes to thank bridge users for their patience during the maintenance period.

For a complete list of all spring maintenance sites on Trent Severn Waterway Bridges for Peterborough County click this link to the Parks Canada Information Bulletin pdf

Otonabee Conservation Flood Warning Still in Effect

Date Posted: April 11, 2017

Otonabee Conservation advises that the Flood Warning remains in effect and provides the following update for April 11, 2017.

Inflows to the Kawartha Lakes continue to run high, which will maintain elevated water levels in Buckhorn, Chemong and Pigeon Lakes. Lower Buckhorn Lake should continue to rise slightly, but is close to leveling off. However, this may be only temporary and will depend on the severity of water coming from the Haliburton Reservoir Region. Stony Lake will see a moderate decline in water level as flow is pushed through Katchewanooka Lake and down the Otonabee River. For now, flows along the Otonabee River will remain steady for the next 1-2 days, and maintain current water levels. This condition may however, change, and is dependent on the volume and flow of water into the Kawartha Lakes. Rice Lake will continue a slow rise for the coming days and until inflow from the Otonabee River subsides.

Otonabee Conservation staff is maintaining contact with Parks Canada-Ontario Waterways Unit, and will advise the public and our emergency management partners of changing conditions.

Residents are reminded to stay clear of all waterways during this time, as high flows and cold water temperatures will be dangerous.

This Flood Warning remains in effect and will be updated on Wednesday, April 12, 2017.

To report a flood in your area, please call the Flood Watch Hotline at 705-745-5791, ext. 228 and leave a detailed message, or you

may send a message by email to orcafloodduty@otonabee.com.

If you experience a flood emergency, call 911 immediately.

The information provided in this message is based on observations by Otonabee Conservation combined with information from our partner agencies, including Parks Canada-Ontario Waterways Unit, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Water Survey of Canada, and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

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Easter Hours

Date Posted:

The Municipality of Trent Lakes office will be closed on

Good Friday
April 14th, 2017
and
Easter Monday
April 17th, 2017

Normal business hours will resume on Tuesday, April 18, 2017.

Waste Transfer Sites are on Winter Hours of operation and will be closed on Good Friday, April 14th and Easter Monday, April 17, 2017.

Council and Staff Wish Everyone a Safe and Happy Easter Holiday

Watershed Conditions – Bancroft District Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry

Date Posted:

Flood Watch for the Burnt, York and Black River Watersheds,
Flood Outlook for the remainder of Bancroft District

Monday, April 10, 2017 4:30pm

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) – Bancroft District is advising area residents that a Flood Watch is in effect for the Burnt River Watershed including the Irondale River, the York River Watershed and Black River Watershed due to limited storage capacity and the responsive nature of these river systems.

A Watershed Conditions Statement – Flood Outlook remains in effect for the rest of Bancroft District.

Residents of the Bancroft District should keep a close watch on conditions, regularly check for updated messages and exercise caution near fast-moving rivers and streams. Residents who have a historic susceptibility to flooding should take appropriate precautions to protect their property, such as ensuring sump pumps are functioning and securing items that may float away as water levels rise.
MNRF advises extreme caution when using forest access roads for outdoor activities. Many are seasonally inundated with water, prone to washouts, and may be impassable due to current water levels.

MNRF is closely monitoring the weather and developing watershed conditions. Further updates will be issued as appropriate.

Technical Information:

Description of Weather System
This message is being sent on the basis of information received from MNRF – Surface Water Monitoring Centre, MNRF – Aviation Forest Fire and Emergency Management Services, Ontario Power Generation and Environment Canada.

Over the coming five days more seasonal weather in the 10-20° C range is forecasted with night time temperatures hovering around 0°C. On Monday and Tuesday, 20-35 mm of rain is forecasted, with little additional precipitation forecast until Friday.

Description of Current Conditions
While recent temperatures and precipitation have been causing the snow to disappear in parts of Bancroft district, a substantial snow pack with average, to above average water content remains across the northern half of the District, encompassing many headwater areas. With the forecast warmer temperatures, continued and accelerated snowmelt is expected.

With the recent rain and snow melt, reservoirs within the district are elevated. Smaller streams and creeks will respond quickly to the additional runoff. Larger water bodies, including the reservoir lakes, will take longer to react. Additional water accumulation in areas adjacent to watercourses, road ditches and areas with poor drainage may occur.

The MNRF and the Trent-Severn Waterway (TSW) continue to closely monitor local lakes and rivers.

The MNRF is in regular communication with partner agencies and water control structure operators, including Conservation Authorities, Ontario Power Generation (OPG), Bracebridge Generation and the TSW.

Expiry Date:
This message will expire on 04/13/2017 12:00 AM

Terminology: Notification Levels
WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT – WATER SAFETY: indicates that high flows, melting ice or other factors could be dangerous for such users as boaters, anglers and swimmers but flooding is not expected

WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT – FLOOD OUTLOOK: gives early notice of the potential for flooding based on weather forecasts calling for heavy rain, snow melt, high winds or other conditions

FLOOD WATCH: potential for flooding exists within specific watercourses and municipalities

FLOOD WARNING: flooding is imminent or occurring within specific watercourses and municipalities

Contact Information
MNRF Bancroft District Office
Luke Hillyer, IRM Technical Specialist, Bancroft District, 613-332-3940, x 216

MNRF Minden Field Office
Kris Windover, IRM Technical Specialist, Minden Field Office, Bancroft District, 705-286-5207

A close watch on local conditions and weather forecasts from Environment Canada is recommended. Environment Canada bulletins can be found at http://weather.gc.ca/

The Surface Water Monitoring Centre public webpage can be found here: www.ontario.ca/flooding

Kawartha Conservation – Watershed Conditions Water Safety, Large Kawartha Lakes

Date Posted:

WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT – WATER SAFETY – LARGE KAWARTHA LAKES

Kawartha Conservation is advising local residents that the large Kawartha Lakes, specifically Cameron, Balsam, Sturgeon lakes and Pigeon Lake are experiencing elevated water levels as a large amount of water moves through the Trent River system.

DATE:    April 10, 2017
TIME:    2:00 pm

Message sent on the basis of information received from:
•    Kawartha Conservation Flood Forecasting Network
•    Environment Canada
•    Ministry of Natural Resources – Surface Water Monitoring Centre
•    Trent-Severn Waterway

Kawartha Conservation is advising local residents that the large Kawartha Lakes, specifically Cameron, Balsam, Sturgeon lakes and Pigeon Lake are experiencing elevated water levels as a large amount of water moves through the Trent River system.

Water levels in the Kawartha Lakes have been increasing over the last several days in response to high water flows in rivers, including the Burnt and Gull rivers, which flow into the Kawartha Lakes from the north. Significant runoff from the precipitation that fell last week, as well as the melting of remnant of snow cover still present in the headwaters of these northern tributaries, contributes to the higher flows.

While no flooding is anticipated at this time within the Kawartha Conservation jurisdiction, lake water levels are expected to remain elevated. Shorelines and banks are saturated, and may slippery, and undercut. Kawartha Conservation is asking all residents, especially children, to use caution around the lakes.
Trent-Severn Waterway officials are assessing the situation on an ongoing basis and are adjusting flows through water control structures accordingly. Dams in Fenelon Falls and Bobcaygeon are open to accommodate increased flows of the Burnt River and the other northern tributaries.
Staff from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry monitor water levels of Burnt and Gull Rivers and provide flood messages for those areas.

Kawartha Conservation is in regular communication with all partners involved in flood forecasting, warning and response including Trent-Sever Waterway, Ministry of Natural Resources, neighboring Conservation Authorities and member-municipalities. We will continue monitoring local watercourses and notify the public and municipalities within our watershed jurisdiction of any changes.

This Watershed Conditions Statement-Water Safety will be in effect until Thursday, April 13, 2017.  If you are aware of or have concerns about flooding, please contact Kawartha Conservation at 705.328.2271 or 705.344.0155 after hours.
Iryna Shulyarenko                                                                     Hydrologist

Dave Pridham                                                                                  Manager, Environmental & Technical Services

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