Lack of rainfall blamed for low water levels this summer
Tim Brody - Editor
Water levels on Lac Seul, and area water bodies which feed into it, are well below normal summer levels according to the Lake of the Woods Control Board.
Executive Engineer Matt DeWolfe, P.Eng, informed that water levels on Lac Seul were two feet below the long-term average in early August.
“It’s about a one in eight year low,” he said, adding, “It’s not a record low by any means, but it’s certainly a lot lower than normal… The flow that’s coming into Lac Seul is well below a one in ten year low.”
DeWolfe said this summer’s low water levels are due to a lack of precipitation.
“The water that comes out of Lake St. Joseph, it just flows naturally, by gravity, based on what the lake level is there… that flows into Lac Seul through the diversion that was built in the 50s… Lake St. Joseph is at a one in 10 year low for August, so the lower the lake level is there, the lower the flow that is coming into Lac Seul. So that’s one of the sources. The English River is the other principal source coming down through Minnitaki, Abram and Pelican, all those lakes, which are probably also quite low. Those upper tributaries are also really low just because of the lack of rainfall,” he explained.