Low water levels on Wildwood reservoir have caused the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority (UTRCA) to close the lake for all boating activities.
Underwater hazards make it unsafe for reservoir users; therefore, boats are not being permitted on the reservoir.
The UTRCA is planning extensive work on Wildwood Dam during the fall of 2012 to restore concrete surfaces and concrete joints. This work will ensure that the dam continues to provide the important flood control and river flow augmentation services that it was constructed for in 1966.
The UTRCA’s hydrologists began lowering the reservoir in July. It will reach typical winter levels by mid September, approximately two months earlier than usual.
The reservoir will continue to be lowered to a level that will permit construction work to go ahead on the Wildwood Dam structure.
Inspections and monitoring at Wildwood Dam in the fall of 2010 and 2011 indicated that repairs are needed. The best time to undertake the work is during late summer or early fall when stream flow is typically the lowest and reservoir levels are usually dropping as hydrology staff release water to augment flows downstream.