Rain helping with SD&G drought

The section in green on this map is overseen by the Raisin Region Conservation Authority. The section in white and North and South Dundas, not shown, are managed by the South Nation Conservation Authority. (Photo/RRCA)

SD&G – Some rain showers Friday are helping with the drought across SD&G and most of Eastern Ontario.

Phil Barnes, a water resources engineer with the Raisin Region Conservation Authority, told Cornwall Newswatch that 8 millimeters (0.31 inches) of rain had fallen in North Glengarry this morning.

Totals for Cornwall were pending but Barnes said “this will help the situation.”

Barnes said the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is calling for 15 millimeters (0.59 inches) of rain Saturday and a total of 45 millimeters (1.77 inches) over the next five days.

The RRCA and the South Nation Conservation Authority are both at a Level 2 status, indicating “moderate” drought conditions.

For the RRCA, that means the three-month average for rainfall is 43-63 per cent below normal for this time of year.

The South Nation Conservation Authority has received reported of dry wells and many small streams have dried up.

Both conservation authorities have been asking people to cut non-essential water use by 20 per cent.