Water Level Task Force

WLTF Report to MLA Members Issue 2017-4

Very aggressive drawdown of lake levels by MNRF is producing significantly lower water levels but these levels are still higher than the required drawdown level for this time of year and snow conditions.  As we near the end of March, weather systems are volatile and even the weather forecasters are challenged with predictions. Rain is predicted over the next few days posing an additional risk to the melting snow from warmer air temperatures over the next week which we expect will result in the lake levels rising again before they reach the target.    Members are advised to be prepared for high water.

WLTF Report to MLA Members Issue 2017-3

Cooler weather and continued water level drawdown by MNRF have reduced the risk of flooding for this week…. water levels are still above the required drawdown level for this time of year but long term weather forecast - daytime highs just above freezing but overnight below freezing - should allow for continued drawdown of the water levels. 

WLTF Report to MLA Members Issue 2017-2

Your MLA Water Level Task Force has been keeping a close eye on precipitation and lake water levels all winter long, as well as lobbying the MNRF for needed change.

WLTF Report to MLA Membership

The MLA's most recent communication with members and other interested parties.

Monitoring and Calculating Water Levels Yourself

We've assembled the websites and procedures you'll need if you would like to calculate current water levels.

Water Level Task Force documents

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40.71 kB
2017 February 28
77.34 kB
2016 April 20
123.77 kB
2016 June 15
126.46 kB
2016 June 24
73.18 kB
2013 October 22
520.09 kB
2017 February 15

MNRF Flood Statements

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2017 March 20
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2017 March 13
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2017 March 03
  • What does the MLA Water Level Task Force do?

    We work overtime on your behalf meeting with governments officials in order to endure the flooding that continues to happen on the lakes doesn't happen again.

    For more information on our Task Force you can email waterlevels@mla.on.ca

  • Have you met with local governments?

    Yes, the Task Force has met with four Muskoka Townships, District of Muskoka Chair John Klinck, the Muskoka Watershed Council, Federal and Provincial MPs, the Federation of Ontario Cottage Associations (FOCA) and the most influential, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF). At each of these meetings, we have raised our concerns and presented our recommended plan of action.

  • What is your request of the MNRF?

    1. Lower water levels in Lake Muskoka, Lake Rosseau and Lake Joseph to the lower limits of their respective Normal Operating Zones by March 15th each year, until new acceptable Muskoka River Water Management Plan (MRWMP) is implemented.
    2. Initiate a process to revise the MRWMP as soon as possible.
    3. Allow the MLA to be one of the participating parties to create the new MRWMP.

  • What is the flood Damage Survey?

    We circulated a survey in spring 2016 designed for Muskoka (summer) residents to incorporate any damages estimates to their waterfront properties. In six weeks, we collected 1038 surveys. 

  • Is there anything else I can do to support the MLA Water Level Task Force?

    Yes, many of you will be attending your local road, bay or island association meetings, re-connecting with neighbours and your Muskoka friends over the summer. The MLA needs your support. We need a larger member base to have a stronger voice at Queen's Park and with the MNRF. Please encourage your friends and neighbours to join the MLA. It's not expensive and simple to join.

    Also if you have pictures of structure or shoreline damage you would like to share, please email lisa@mla.on.ca