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Rideau Valley Conservation Authority Update on Drought Status

The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority has advised that, based on the 30-day precipitation drought indicator, the Rideau River Watershe is in the "Severe" drought category.

There has been no rain recorded recorded at the Ottawa Airport since July 25. Some rain has been recorded at other locations in and around the watershed but there have not been the several days of rain needed to restore the deficit that has accumulated. There is rain forecast through Friday and Saturday but that is expected as thunderstorms which will not produce the needed general rain over the whole watershed. Warm weather is forecast to continue through next week which will cause losses to evaporation that will contribute significantly to the decline of water levels throughout the watershed.

Click here to view the full update from the RVCA.