Following one of the coldest winters in recent memory, conservation authorities remind residents of the dangers near streams, rivers, ponds and lakes as spring gets closer.

Slippery, unstable stream banks and frigid water temperatures lead to hazardous conditions close to any body of water. This year more than ever it will be important to keep family and pets away from the edge of all waterways. Please stay safe near water and help make this an enjoyable spring.

Environment Canada monitoring shows this winter has been the third coldest in 50 years. Bone-chilling cold through December, January and February has led to widespread ice cover in GTA rivers and streams as well as the Great Lakes.

Warming temperatures and spring rainfall are likely to speed up melting ice and snow. This will lead to higher, faster flowing water and potentially quicker ice break-up in watercourses. There could be increased risk of localized flooding in low-lying areas and in areas where ice jams might occur.

Credit Valley Conservation and conservation authorities in the GTA will continue to closely monitor changing conditions. They will issue flood outlook and flood warning messages as necessary. For more information, contact your local conservation authority:

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Conservation Authorities are a provincial/municipal partnership. CVC was established by an act of the province in 1954 with a mandate to protect all natural resources other than minerals in the area drained by the CreditRiver. We have been working for 60 years with our partner municipalities and stakeholders to protect and enhance the natural environment of the CreditRiver watershed for present and future generations.

INFORMATION CONTACT:
Jeff Wong
Water Operations Engineer
Credit Valley Conservation
905-670-1615, ext. 269
[email protected]

MEDIA CONTACT:
Maureen Pogue
Manager, Corporate Communications & CAO Office
Credit Valley Conservation
905-670-1615, ext. 242
[email protected]

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