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Spring Safety Message: Be Careful Around Waterways

Friday, March 8, 2019 by Credit Valley Conservation

Hazardous conditions on and around bodies of water

Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) is reminding residents of the dangers on and near local streams, rivers, ponds and lakes, particularly around this time of year. CVC urges people to exercise caution, and keep family members and pets away from the edges of all waterways as warmer spring weather approaches.

In spring we look forward to warmer weather and being outdoors. Warmer weather, however, usually brings rain, melting snow and shifting ice which can contribute to higher, faster flowing water in watercourses. Slippery, unstable streambanks and extremely cold water temperatures can also lead to very hazardous conditions close to any water body.

The Credit River Watershed has received a significant amount of snow this winter. A few recent thaws have helped decrease the existing snowpack. Melting snow due to warmer temperatures combined with spring rainfall and frozen ground conditions could contribute to higher water levels and increased water speeds in local watercourses.

There is still significant ice cover throughout the watershed. Several ice jams remain grounded along the Credit River at Barber (Paper) Mill Dam in Halton Hills, the Ferndale Park in Caledon and at Meadowvale Park in Mississauga.

Remaining ice jams and ice cover on watercourses will weaken and become unstable with warmer temperatures. CVC continues to work with municipal emergency services to keep them constantly informed about current and changing conditions within local watercourses.

CVC urges people to exercise caution and keep family members and pets away from the edges of all waterways and off frozen water bodies, which are extremely unsafe.

For more information, contact your local conservation authority:

Credit Valley Conservation (905) 670-1615
Conservation Halton (905) 336-1158
Toronto & Region Conservation Authority (416) 661-6514
Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (905) 895-1281
Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority (905) 579-0411
Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (905) 885-8173
Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority (705) 424-1479
Kawartha Conservation (705) 328-2271

Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) is a local conservation authority established by the Ontario government in 1954 to protect, restore and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River Watershed. That watershed is the area of land defined by where all rainfall, snowmelt and runoff drains into lands and waters flowing into the Credit River. CVC creates connections between people and nature, knowledge and action. It inspires a deep appreciation for the role of nature in keeping people connected, healthy and happy. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.

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Media Contact
Maureen Pogue
Senior Manager, Marketing and Communications
Credit Valley Conservation
905-670-1615 ext. 242
maureen.pogue@cvc.ca