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Quinte Conservation launches water levels viewer

Residents can access near real-time flow and water level information for major lakes and rivers within Quinte Conservation’s watersheds.

The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) department at Quinte Conservation has launched the online water levels viewer.

Water Resources Manager Christine McClure says several hydrometric gauging stations within Quinte Conservation’s monitoring network, including those operated by Environment Canada and its partners, continually record and post near real-time data through satellite, land-line, or internet based transmissions.

“The Water Levels Viewer taps into this network of data and offers a convenient mapping interface for residents to explore current watershed conditions and watershed statements related to both Flood and Low Water Status notifications,” said McClure.

The ongoing Drought Management Project at Quinte Conservation, along with funding granted through the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, has provided the necessary resources for staff to install remote monitoring instrumentation at several new locations throughout the watersheds.

“The addition of several new gauging stations are critical pieces of equipment as Quinte Conservation staff continues to actively monitor the watershed in both flood forecasting and drought monitoring capacities.”

In Prince Edward County, the map shows stations at Allisonville and Milford.

“The expansion of the existing monitoring network will help to establish new baseline scenarios as the climate continues to change and evolve,” said McClure.

She noted data is presented in its raw form and has not been reviewed for errors or omissions. “Users of this application are cautioned that due to the provisional nature of the data, the information presented may not be suitable for decisions concerning personal or public safety or the conduct of any business.”

Quinte Conservation is a community-based environmental protection agency serving 18 municipalities in the watersheds of the Moira, Napanee and Salmon Rivers and Prince Edward County.

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