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Wintergreen Fall Hiking Month Contest Winners 2020 150 150 MRCA

Wintergreen Fall Hiking Month Contest Winners 2020

The Wintergreen Fund for Conservation’a Fall Hiking Contest has come to an end.

Like everything else in 2020, our Fall Hiking Day had a different look this year. We were not able to hike as a group this year due to social distancing restrictions, so some creativity was required.

By hosting a “virtual hike” throughout the month of October, participants were able to enjoy the local trails, join at their own convenience and be entered into a draw for some great prizes. Participants had to walk the MRCA trails and take a selfie at 5 of 12 identified locations. The photos were then posted on social media with the tags #hikemrca and #wintergreenconservation. A draw took place at the end of the month and 3 winners were selected from all the entries. From the feedback received, even avid local hikers found new trails that they were not familiar with.

Entries can be seen on Facebook or Instagram #wintergreenconservation. Winners can be seen on the Wintergreen Events page.

We look forward to continuing with our hiking days as soon as we are able to, so stay tuned for Winter 2021.

Upper Mattagami Watershed Statistics May 4 Update 150 150 MRCA

Upper Mattagami Watershed Statistics May 4 Update

WATERSHED UPDATE – MAY 4, 2020

  • Generally, snow depth and water content conditions for this time of the year are above normal. Water content variances are ~160% to ~368% above normal through the entire Upper Mattagami Watershed.
  • A general freeze-thaw cycle is expected where overnight temperatures are forecast to remain below freezing over the next 7 days. Daytime temperatures are expected to range from 0°C to +9°C over the next 7 days.
  • Winter drawdown of Mesomikenda, Mattagami Lake, Wawaitin and Peter Long have been completed, and where possible, these reservoirs have been drawn lower than normal in preparation for the snowmelt. As a result of the recent rain and snowmelt conditions, inflows are higher than normal for this time of year and storage reservoirs are being managed in consultation with the Flood Advisory Committee in an attempt to “peak shave” and mitigate high water concerns in the City of Timmins.
  • Town Creek, Crawford Creek and other area watercourses are flowing well. All watercourses will continue to be closely watched by Authority and Municipal staff. Stream flows and water levels continue to be monitored on a daily basis.
  • The Timmins Flood Advisory Committee has been meeting regularly to review current conditions. Currently, there is Flood Warning messaging for the Mattagami River. This Flood Warning will remain in effect until May 8, 2020 and then re-evaluated based on current conditions.
  • OPG River System Data / Water Levels and Flow – www.opg.com/river

The next update will be issued on or about May 15, 2020.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact the Conservation Authority at 360-2660 or via email at [email protected].

Download the current Watershed Statistics, May 4, 2020. See our Upper Mattagami River Watershed Statistics page for the full list of reports for 2020.

The information contained in this update has been gathered by Ontario Power Generation, the Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry and the Mattagami Region Conservation Authority. The summary highlights dam operations and storages as well as snow depth and water content in comparison to historical norms.  Watershed surveys will be conducted on the 1st and 15th of each month until the snow cover has disappeared. Updates will be issued until such time any flood threat has passed.