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Local Creek Runs Low

The Grand River Conservation Authority has declared a level two condition at a nearby creek.

Conditions are worsening for some waterways in our area.

Manager of Communications for the Grand River Conservation Authority Lisa Stocco says they have had change the condition of Whiteman's Creek near Burford to a Level Two.

"Level Two conditions are declared when flows in a river or stream sink to less than 50% of normal, this is what triggers the request for a voluntary reduction of water use by 20%."

Because of the low water levels, they are asking everyone in Brant and Oxford Counties who fall within Whiteman's Creek sub-watershed to conserve.

"For most people what that really means is restricting their outdoor water uses such as lawn watering and then others can do different things as well; for example farmers - because Whiteman's Creek is a source of water for farm irrigation - they can follow best practices in term of irrigation."

Some of the best practices farmers should follow include:

·        Arrange with their neighbours to stagger irrigation times;

·        Pump at a lower rate over a longer period of time, and store water in a pond if possible;

·        Ensure that their equipment is running efficiently and not leaking;

·        Minimize daytime irrigation to reduce the amount of water lost to evaporation.

Stocco also asks fishing enthusiasts to leave the fish alone in that area.

"Just a reminder that the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is asking anglers to refrain from fishing in Whiteman's Crees. It's important to note that Whiteman's Creek is a trout habitat, and an important one. Low water levels can put the fish population levels under stress."

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