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PostPosted: February 22nd, 2018, 6:23 pm 
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Here is a neat site and it is something you should use in your quiver for planning trips.
Knowing what levels on any watershed that are safe for your skill level can be very important.
With publicly access gauge levels has been a major game changer for safe river running.
I will put the link to the federal gauges below.
You can see how the flood unfolded. There will be more calls for better flood control. All the systems with dams and reservoirs where shut down when this hit. To understand how much water came into the system I can relate to the Irvine on which in the upper Grand system. Normal summer levels are less than 1 cms (cubic metres per second of water) 17 cms is considered a great water level by the paddlers. At it's peak it was over 150 cms Wow! They were only discharging less than 7cms out of the Shand Dam at the time (summer level is 4 cms) It is just mind boggling how much water that came into the system. We used to run the slalom and downriver races through the gorge with a dam release of 7 to 11 cms.
https://apps.grandriver.ca/waterdata/ki ... shand.aspx

Federal gauge link
https://wateroffice.ec.gc.ca/google_map ... oSearch=Go

Jeff

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