Fall may be here, but a problem from the summer persists: the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority says that despite an average rainfall total for September, the entire watershed remains at a Level III Severe status.
They report that conditions have stabilized but have not responded positively to the precipitation.
Crotch Lake is now at a level that no longer allows it to be used to augment flows downstream, so to maintain some flow through the system, the drawdown on the upper lakes that normally starts after Thanksgiving will begin next week.
The Authority continues to advise the general public to use water conservatively.
Water conservation is recommended for everyone within the watershed.
You’re also reminded that your community may have invoked water restrictions, so check your municipality’s website for water restriction bylaws.