Water levels in Kettle, Granby rivers just inside ‘normal:’ latest data

Seasonal level increase replenishing aquifers
The latest data on the Granby River at Grand Forks shows water levels have steadily climbed over the past two weeks, to just inside the normal range as of the first week in May. Photo: Boundary Integrated Watershed Service

Water levels in the Kettle and Granby rivers are rising as temperatures heat up, but the latest data shows there is no immediate threat of floods and an added bonus is the rising levels are recharging aquifers.

The latest data provided by the Boundary Integrated Watershed Service shows river water levels are rising as mountain snow melts and temperatures rise. Grids tracking historic data shows as of May 10, water levels in the Granby River at Grand Forks and West Kettle River at Westbridge are just within the “normal range” (green section), but only on the low end of it.

However, the seasonal level rise is a good thing, stated a post on the service’s Facebook page. The fresh water coming into the river replenishes aquifers and nourishes riparian ecosystems ahead of what is expected to be another dry and hot summer.

With this in mind, though, the service is still asking people to be mindful of waterways and practice safety. Stay away from fast-moving water and stay informed of changing river conditions and weather patterns.

You can learn more about how the service protects and monitors the region’s watershed at https://kettleriver.ca/

The Kettle River at Grand Forks has noticeably swelled over the past two weeks as temperatures rise, snow melts off the mountains and recent rain has recharged the rivers. Levels are just inside normal, according to the latest data from the Boundary Integrated Watershed Service. Photo: Karen McKinley

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