Information Bulletin - Navigation season opening delayed - Trent-Severn Waterway

    PETERBOROUGH, ON, May 13 /CNW Telbec/ - The Superintendent of the
Trent-Severn Waterway advises that a wet spring and recent heavy rains, has
resulted in the Trent-Severn Waterway being unable to fully open in time for
the traditional start to the navigation season on Friday, May 15, 2009. Water
levels and river currents are well above safe navigation limits for most of
the Waterway. As a result, many sections of the canal will remain closed until
further notice when water levels subside.
    A re-evaluation of the water situation across the entire Waterway
corridor from Port Severn to Trenton will be made daily while these conditions
    Closed lock stations include Lock 30 known as Lovesick, south to the
Warsaw Road Swing Bridge north of Peterborough, and from Lock 19 south of
Peterborough to Lock 1 in Trenton. As well, all locks on the Severn River are
closed from Lock 42 near Washago to Lock 45 at Port Severn.
    Stations on the Trent-Severn Waterway that are scheduled to open this
Friday include all locks and bridges from and including Lock 31 in Buckhorn
west to Lake Simcoe, Lock 20 and the Peterborough Lift Lock, the Warsaw Road
Swing Bridge and the Murray Canal.
    Boaters may experience some operational delays at the open lock stations
as a result of staff making adjustments at nearby dams.
    Boaters should operate with care when out on the water. Areas above and
below water control dams should be avoided due to strong currents. Navigation
buoys may be out of position or partially submerged. A special note of caution
- the lock valves at Lock 42 at Couchiching are open and generating fast
currents above and below this lock.
    Parks Canada will continue to work diligently to move water and achieve
desired water levels and flows as quickly as possible.
    The general public is also advised that the fast water above and below
canal dams and in river reaches is extremely dangerous. Parents are asked to
warn children to stay away from riverbanks and canal control structures.
    Further advisories will be issued as necessary.

For further information:

For further information: Mike Jamieson, Acting Director, Canal
Operations, Trent-Severn Waterway, (705) 750-4900; Dave Ness, Water Control
Engineer, Trent-Severn Waterway, (705) 750-4900; (Also available on the
Internet at under What's New.)

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