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Water monitoring increased in Churchill River watershed

Mud Lake and Happy Valley-Goose Bay are located along the lower Churchill River in Labrador. - Lindenschmidt independent review of Churchill River flooding, May 2017
Mud Lake and Happy Valley-Goose Bay are located along the lower Churchill River in Labrador. - Lindenschmidt independent review of Churchill River flooding, May 2017

HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, NL – Seven new water level and climate monitoring stations have been activated in the Churchill River watershed with three more to be added this summer.

A community river watch program has also been started with residents of Mud Lake and Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

Both enhancements come from the report of the independent assessment of the flooding at Mud Lake last May, according to a news release from the Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment on Thursday, Feb. 15.

“We have taken the guidance of the independent assessment and have increased monitoring capacity on the river,” Municipal Affairs and Environment Minister Eddie Joyce said. 

“We look forward to engaging with local and long-time residents on this program and welcome their critical input as we all work together to keep everyone safe.”

The stations will be used to monitor water and ice levels. The data collected, along with that from satellite imagery and web cams, will be used for flood forecasting and alerts.

Real-time data information from the stations is available on the department’s website at www.mae.gov.nl.ca/lc_flood_warning.html
 

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