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Ground water, surface water forecasting model gets federal funding


August 24, 2017
By Ground Water Canada

Winchester, Ont. – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has announced a $997,654 investment for the South Nation Conservation Authority to develop a hydrologic model that will provide farmers with real-time weather and water information to help inform water management decisions.

The 15-month project will construct an integrated ground water and surface water forecasting model for the South Nation Watershed using “HydroGeoSphere,” which is a Canadian hydrologic simulator that predicts water movement on and through the ground, the government said in a news release.

The platform will become a support to help guide producers’ with water management practices by predicting water events and providing potential mitigation practices.

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The investment is being made through Growing Forward 2’s AgriRisk program.

“This investment is all about giving farmers the tools they need to adjust their farms to a changing climate. Helping farmers be better informed in making their water management decisions is good for the sector’s sustainable growth, good for farmers’ bottom lines, and good for the Canadian economy,” said Francis Drouin, Member of Parliament for Glengarry—Prescott—Russell.

“This tool will enhance SNC’s Flood Forecasting and Warning and Low Water Response programs. Supplying the model with real-time data strengthens the reliability of the forecasted watershed conditions and allows SNC to provide advance notice for flood events and drought so farmers can prepare accordingly,” said Doug Thompson, past chair of the South Nation Conservation Authority.