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low, low water

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This year, in New Brunswick, we are happy to see the rain at last. The dry weather means forest fires are a concern and groundwater levels are very low. We hope for regular, soaking rains in the fall, to help recharge our groundwater.


low water of the Rusagonis Stream, viewed through the ‘windows’ of our covered bridge


Many streams and rivers in New Brunswick are at their lowest flows. We were in a similar situation this time last year. Low water means wading only, no canoeing in the Rusagonis Stream. Some of the stones in the photo above have never been seen above water before. Low water is of concern for fish since the shallow water means water temperatures get too high for them.


the brown crescents in the river are sand bars, only revealed at low water


Even the Saint John River is so low we are seeing sand bars where deep water usually flows.


We had a good soaking of rain at the beginning of the week, and there is more rain in the forecast, so I will end this post feeling optimistic, and by showing you a photo of my husband as a little boy, fishing below the covered bridge (now gone) on the South Branch Rusagonis Stream!


Glenwood Tims fishing on Rusagonis North Branch.jpg


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September 6, 2017 at 7:09 am

fords across the river

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During a week of vacation last month in south-eastern Ontario, I was able to get to know some of its rivers.

The water is low this time of year and the rivers run still and quiet. Pond lilies and duckweed cover the surface, joined by early falling leaves. The country roads cross and re-cross the rivers, giving a view of each river at several points along the way.

I was also reminded of another means of crossing a shallow river or stream – the ford.  This is a place where the water is shallow enough to cross on foot or by vehicle, without a bridge.  Sometimes the ford depends on the natural stones or solid bottom for its footing; sometimes the bottom is built up by adding stone. 

The fords on the South Branch of the Raisin River in South Glengarry County were built to last, of stone.  They make a charming pause in the run of the river, allowing passage of the water and a safe way to cross.

A local person familiar with the river told me this:  in spring, when the river runs deep enough to allow canoes to paddle, the fords can still be seen, white stones shining up through the water.


crossing the South Branch Raisin River, South Glengarry County


weedy South Branch Raisin River water-dry

stream-bed wizened wild grapes purple-weighted

sun-dried field rock

fords and fences

rain and rising

leaf-spun river

surface winds reflected

          elm, nymphaea

          ash, nuphar


© Jane Tims   2011

Written by jane tims

October 4, 2011 at 9:08 am

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