Spring Safety Message: Exercise Caution Around Waterways

Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) is reminding residents of the dangers that exist 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.

Spring is quickly approaching and we look forward to warmer weather and being outdoors. Warmer weather usually brings more snowmelt, rain and ice breaking up along streams, rivers, ponds and lakes. During this time of year we can expect higher, faster flowing water in most watercourses. In addition, slippery and unstable stream banks and extremely cold water temperatures can lead to very hazardous conditions close to any water body.

Winter conditions began in December, 2017 with thaws occurring in January and February 2018. These thaws resulted in most of the snowpack melting. The February thaw also resulted in the breakup of much of the ice on rivers and creeks in the Credit River Watershed. However, many ponds and lakes are still frozen in our region and river ice still persists in other watersheds in Southern Ontario.

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, call 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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