Extremely low water levels on Lake Scugog: Kawartha Conservation

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Extremely low water levels on Lake Scugog: Kawartha Conservation

It’s been one of the driest years on record on Lake Scugog.
Water levels are way down on the lake…
As the region deals with a level three drought.
Mark Giunta reports.

The waterfront in Port Perry is drier than normal.
In some spots, there’s no water, where there normally is.
Kawartha Conservation says the area has been in a level 3 drought for some time.

Rob Messervey – CAO, Kawartha Conservation:
“The amount of water in the system, is well below the three month average for precipitation and lake levels.”

And while the levels have presented some challenges this year, officials at the Port Perry Marina say the real issue has been clearing up some misinformation.

John Mackey – Owner, Port Perry Marina:
“One of the biggest challenges is dispelling rumours and keeping people in the know about what actually is going on out there. Whether there is enough water to boat in or not… and there is.”

This past summer was one of the hottest and driest on record.
The water levels dropped quickly on Lake Scugog.
And this posed some issues for those living right on the water.

Barbara Karthein – president, Scugog Lake Stewards:
“When you’re talking about some people with shorelines that are quite mucky, they may have had some issues getting their boats out.”

Some parts of the lake also turned quite weedy because of the hot and dry conditions.

“When it gets lower and the water is really hot we also get a proliferation of weed growth.”

One way to mitigate the effects of future droughts could come by way of dredging.
And there’s a revitalization plan for the waterfront here that would see 17-acres of the lake cleared of sediment.
That project is expected to be completed sometime in 2018.

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