(North Bay, Ontario, March 22, 2021) Snow depth and water equivalence has decreased since the snow pack measurements taken on March 15 by the North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority as part of its flood forecasting program.

“The average snow depth for the three sites is 27.5 cm, a 9.6 cm decrease from the March 15 measurements, and the average water equivalence for the three sites is 93 mm, a 3 mm decrease from last week,” said Kurtis Romanchuk NBMCA’s Water Resources Engineer.

“A number of factors contribute to the risk of flooding: the amount of snow and water content being one of several including ground conditions, wind, sun, as well as the amount, duration and frequency of precipitation.   The cold nights and warmer days are making for a steady spring melt so far.  NBMCA is monitoring conditions on a daily basis and will update the public as necessary,” added Romanchuk.

NBMCA is now measuring the snow pack weekly, to monitor conditions leading up to and during the spring freshet. This is a supplementary survey (not a scheduled survey). The % normal will be available during the next snow survey which takes place April 1.

Snow is measured for depth and water equivalence at three locations in the watershed.  

North Bay Golf and Country Club (Chippewa Creek Watershed, North Bay)

*Data prior to Dec. 2011 collected at the former Northeast Mental Health Centre, Hwy 11                                                                   

Current Average Snow Depth for March 22, 2021

26.2 cm  

Current Average Water Equivalence for March 22, 2021

91 mm

 Corbeil Conservation Area (La Vase River Watershed, Corbeil)

Current Average Snow Depth for March 22, 2021

23.8 cm

Current Average Water Equivalence for March 22, 2021

77 mm

Shirley Skinner Conservation Area (Kaibuskong River Watershed, Chisholm) 

Current Average Snow Depth for March 22, 2021                                

32.4 cm

Current Average Water Equivalence for March 22, 2021

111 mm

The North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority (NBMCA) was founded in 1972 by the Province of Ontario and the NBMCA’s 10 member municipalities. A non-profit organization, the NBMCA works closely with the public to balance human needs with the environmental needs of the region’s watershed. NBMCA is one of 36 Conservation Authorities who are members of Conservation Ontario. 

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For more information, contact: 

Sue Buckle, Manager, Communications & Outreach, cell (705) 497-4999
Kurtis Romanchuk, Water Resources Engineer, (705) 474-5420