Region’s drought downgraded

KINGSTON – A second conservation authority overseeing Leeds-Grenville has downgraded the prolonged summer drought warning.

The Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority announced Tuesday that the level is being adjusted to moderate from a severe drought condition.

The drought has been listed as severe since Aug. 10.

Water Resources Engineer Sean Watt said that wells that were dry during the summer are now “typically” meeting demand, warranting the downgrade.

Still, stream flows are well below normal for this time of year and November rainfall is limited, the CRCA said.

There is the chance the region could move back into a severe drought condition before winter if there isn’t enough precipitation.

The South Nation Conservation Authority announced last week, the western section of its jurisdiction – including the Spencerville area and the Upper South Nation River – was listed as a moderate drought condition (as of Nov. 7).

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