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Update from the Harbour Master - April 15, 2021

Dear BYC Members,
 
This Spring, the water levels were in marked contrast to levels we normally see in the Spring and saw during the exceptional floods of 2017 and 2019. This year Spring was early and snow levels in the Ottawa River basin were below normal for water content. These factors combined with minimal precipitation has led to lower levels than would normally be expected. The High Water Management Committee, chaired by the General Manager, monitored the forecasts provided by the Ottawa River Regulation Planning Board and the flood gate was installed on March 30 as levels were forecast to top the harbour walls. This forecast turned out to be the peak and soon after, the Planning Board declared an end to the Spring flooding risk. Since then the water levels have come down to levels that are low for this time of year. Higher up in the basin “Reservoir discharges have been reduced to ensure they are able to reach their summer recreational levels.” Hopefully we won’t be dealing with low water this summer but only time will tell.
 
We have left the gate in and allowed the water inside the harbour to drop to facilitate the completion of the wall repairs related to the discharge pipes for the Clubhouse dewatering project. Once this repair is finished, the section of deteriorated wallboards that let go last summer, will be replaced so that it will be easier for members to land at the gas dock wall without risk to their boats due to the exposed stone wall.
 
While the gate is still in, we will schedule the removal of the two dead trees at Sherwood Point. These trees have been dead for a couple of years and there is a risk that branches could break off and fall into the Junior Club area. With the gate in, we have the opportunity to safely remove these trees.
 
We will also take advantage of the lower water levels inside the basin to assess the condition of the walls and identify areas needing immediate repairs.
 
We expect our Harbour Manager to return this week and prepare for the start of launch activities. We are planning to conduct launch in a similar fashion to last year as we are still dealing with similar Covid-19 restrictions. Next week we’ll announce when the office will start booking launch appointments and the protocol which will be used. In the meantime, boat owners can book time slots to access their boats to perform their pre-launch maintenance by contacting the office.
 
We will be canvassing the boat owners requiring mobile crane launches to determine launch date preferences. This will depend on when Covid-19 restrictions are eased.
 
All questions related to boat yard access and boat preparation requirements as well as all enquiries related to boat launching appointments should be addressed to the office by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We kindly ask all boat owners to direct your questions/concerns to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and not the yard staff. 
 
The Board and the staff are working very hard to get the boating season started as early as practical while respecting the Covid-19 restrictions and working to keep everyone safe. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
 
As always, if you have issues or concerns you wish to discuss, please contact the GM directly at 613-769-5338 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or myself at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
 
Regards
 
 
Al Malo
Vice Commodore / Harbour Master
Britannia Yacht Club


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