Tree Debris in the Credit River and Other Watercourses

Thursday, January 23, 2014 by Credit Valley Conservation

Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) is asking area residents not to put tree debris in the Credit River, local creeks, streams, or other watercourses. Tree debris from the recent ice storm can cause a jam downstream and increase flood risk now and into spring.

People living beside the Credit River or other watercourses should contact their local municipality or regional government to learn where to dispose of tree debris.

In most cases damaged trees on private property are the landowner’s responsibility. Most local municipalities recommend landowners seek professional advice and assistance from an arborist.

It is important to be careful near damaged trees. Approach and inspect them only if it is clearly safe to do so. Branches that appear to be stable can fall without warning. This can result in serious personal injury and damage to property. Do not go near trees close to power lines. Pruning large branches and stems is difficult and hazardous. It should be done by people with proper training and experience. Damaged trees on the banks of the Credit River or other watercourses are especially hard to prune or remove. There are added dangers of slippery banks, ice, frigid water and fast-moving currents.

There are many resources with information about ice-damaged trees. The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, for instance, has an information sheet for landowners about care of ice damaged trees. Residents should review the information and seek professional help where required. A more recent article about what to do with ice-covered trees has been published by Bert Cregg, Michigan State University Extension, Departments of Horticulture and Forestry.  


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 Credit River. We have been working for almost 60 years with our partner municipalities and stakeholders to protect and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River watershed for present and future generations. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.

Media contact:
Maureen Pogue
Manager, Corporate Communications and the Office of the CAO
Credit Valley Conservation
Phone: (905) 670-1615 ext. 242

Information contact:
John Kinkead
Deputy CAO and Director of Water Resources
Credit Valley Conservation
Phone: (905) 670-1615 ext. 276

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