Mississippi Valley watershed returns to normal

MISSISSIPPI VALLEY WATERSHED — Thanks to a rainy October, the Mississippi Valley watershed has returned to normal conditions for this time of year.

“With the precipitation received over the last month, conditions across the watershed have returned to what is considered normal for this time of year,” Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) water resources engineer Chris McGuire released in a statement today (Oct. 31). “The MVCA is terminating the Level I/Minor status condition for the entire watershed.”

The MVCA declared a minor drought Sept. 19.

“The MVCA continues to recommend conserving water as good practice for everyone within the Mississippi and Carp River watersheds and residents on private wells inside the City of Ottawa boundary,” McGuire said. “MVCA staff will continue to monitor conditions and communicate with water managers throughout the watershed. Updates to this message will be issued as conditions warrant.”

Daily water levels and flows are available on the MVCA website here.