p.2 We find by actual and accurate admeasurement, that the water at our wharves, at Kingston, this day, 26th September, 1846, is three feet five inches lower than it was in 1835. This involves consideration of deep importance to our Navigation, and, of course, affecting our new canals.
It is a well-known fact, that as a country becomes cleared and open to the influence of the sun and air, that, by the action of evaporation, all rivers diminish hence the many instances in the old country where vallies which have formerly been the channels of important rivers are now become dry, or mere streamlets during wet seasons.
It is not difficult to imagine that from the same, or similar causes, our magnificent rivers may gradually get more and more shallow; nor is this a circumstance, which ought to have been overlooked in the construction of our canals. We shall, on some future occasion, give some striking instances on this subject which have come under our own notice in Canada. [Kingston Chronicle - with additional comment by Gazette]