Category Archives: Credit Valley Conservation

Exercise Caution: Extreme Weather with Higher than Average Water Level in Lake Ontario

May 3, 2017 – Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for many communities in Southern Ontario with wet weather returning Thursday, May 4. Water levels in Lake Ontario having risen approximately 40 cm since the beginning of April. Above normal precipitation and the melting winter snow pack have resulted in higher lake levels in all the Great Lakes. Elevated lake levels are expected for several months before receding.

Higher water levels increase the potential for flooding and erosion. Storms and storm surges may compound the effects and lead to shoreline flooding. Elevated water levels combined with heavy wave action have led to some erosion of natural beaches, bluffs and structures along the shoreline.

Water levels in the Credit River and other Lake Ontario tributaries have increased due to backwater from Lake Ontario.

Residents are urged to exercise caution along the shoreline and lakefront areas. Elevated lake levels combined with wave activity can make these areas dangerous.

Credit Valley Conservation staff continue to monitor weather and lake conditions and will issue public warnings as conditions warrant.

Additional information regarding current and forecasted Great Lakes water levels can be found at the following websites:

For more information, please contact Credit Valley Conservation’s Jeff Wong at (905) 670-1615, ext. 269 or jwong@creditvalleyca.ca.

Make Your Yard Beautiful with CVC’s Gardening Workshops

It’s gardening season and Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) wants to guide your green thumb in an eco-friendly direction. CVC invites homeowners to its gardening workshops as part of its Your Green Yard (YGY) program. Learn how to add colour, beauty and diversity to your yard with locally native plants and other techniques. Discover what’s right for your yard through tips, plant lists and inspiring examples. Explore how to attract birds and butterflies, find the perfect shade tree and increase curb appeal. 

Naturescaping

Learn how to garden with locally native trees, wildflowers and flowering shrubs that are right for your yard. Guests can sign up to receive a free tree or shrub.

Wednesday May 3

  • 7 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Lorne Park Hall, 1288 Lorne Park Rd., Mississauga

Tuesday May 9

  • 7 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Chappell House, Riverwood Conservancy, 4300 Riverwood Park Ln., Mississauga

Wednesday May 17

  • 7:30 to 9 p.m.
  • South Fletchers Community Centre, 500 Ray Lawson Blvd., Brampton

Caring for Your Green Yard

Help your plants thrive with proper care. Learn about environmentally-friendly planting, mulching, pruning and more in this hands-on workshop.

Saturday May 13

  • 9:30 to 11 a.m.
  • MacEwan Field Station, Riverwood Conservancy, 4300 Riverwood Park Ln., Mississauga

“The gardening workshops are a great way for homeowners to learn about ecological landscaping,” said Mike Puddister, Deputy CAO and Director of Watershed Transformation at CVC. “We provide the information they need to create beautiful and sustainable landscapes.”

The workshops are presented by CVC’s ecological landscaping specialists and are free thanks to funding from CVC’s regional and municipal partners.

Register at www.creditvalleyca.ca/events or call 905-670-1615 ext. 221.

Credit Valley Conservation is one of 36 conservation authorities in Ontario. Conservation authorities are provincial/municipal partnerships that manage the natural environment of a watershed, an area of land where the rain and snowmelt drain into a body of water. For more than 60 years, Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) has worked with its partners to build a thriving environment that protects, connects and sustains us. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.

April showers put the spotlight on local waterways

April 6, 2017 (MISSISSAUGA) – With April showers in full effect, there is a higher risk of localized flooding. This is one of the reasons why Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) has spearheaded a real-time environmental monitoring service that helps CVC monitor short- and long-term environmental conditions in the Credit River watershed. The new service is available to the public on CVC’s website.

To aid in tracking and forecasting flood risk, the real-time network includes climate stations that collect information on temperature, wind and precipitation, and streamflow stations that collect data on water levels. The information collected is also used to identify short-term changes in water quality and environmental conditions, as well as long-term climate and environmental trends.

“Localized flooding is more common this time of year. Our real-time monitoring system is a state-of-the-art service that helps us learn and respond to of potential threats,” said Tim Mereu, Director of Watershed Management at CVC. “The information is also valuable to our long-term monitoring strategy, allowing us to see a more detailed picture of environmental conditions.”

In total CVC operates a network of 57 real-time environmental monitoring stations, strategically placed throughout the Credit River watershed, ranging from Orangeville in the north down to Mississauga and Lake Ontario. The stations send data to CVC’s website via a cellular connection. There are four types of stations. Streamflow stations track river and creek levels. Precipitation stations track rainfall. Climate stations track air temperature, wind, humidity, barometric pressure and solar radiation. Water quality stations will be added to the public online service in the coming weeks. They track in-stream dissolved oxygen, pH, temperature, chloride, specific conductivity (the ability of heat or electricity to move through water) and turbidity (the clarity of water). The real-time data at key stations may be viewed through CVC’s web site at www.creditvalleyca.ca/real-time-monitoring.

The real-time monitoring service is funded by The Region of Peel’s Climate Change Program.

Credit Valley Conservation is one of 36 conservation authorities in Ontario. Conservation authorities are provincial/municipal partnerships that manage the natural environment of a watershed, an area of land where the rain and snowmelt drain into a body of water. For more than 60 years, Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) has worked with its partners to build a thriving environment that protects, connects and sustains us. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.

Spring Safety Message: Exercise Caution Near Waterways

Credit valley Conservation urges residents to keep family members and pets away from the water’s edge this spring

Conservation authorities are reminding residents of dangers that exist near streams, rivers, ponds and lakes this time of year and urge people to keep family and pets away from the edge of all waterways.

Spring is quickly approaching and with warmer temperatures, people look forward to getting outdoors. Warmer temperatures also bring rain, melting snow and shifting ice, which contribute to higher, faster flowing water in watercourses. With the recent snowfall and swiftly changing temperatures, there is a possibility for localized flooding during the melting period. Slippery and unstable stream banks and extremely cold water temperatures can also lead to very hazardous conditions close to any body of water.

Please keep family members and pets safely away from all watercourses.

For more information, contact your local conservation authority:

  • Credit Valley Conservation – (905) 670-1615
  • Toronto & Region Conservation Authority – (416) 661-6514
  • Conservation Halton – (905) 336-1158
  • 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

Conservation authorities are a provincial/municipal partnership. For 60 years, Credit Valley Conservation has worked with its partners to support a thriving environment that protects, connects and sustains us. Credit Valley Conservation gratefully acknowledges financial support from our member municipalities for facilities, programs and services: the Regions of Peel and Halton; the Cities of Mississauga and Brampton; the Towns of Caledon, Erin, Halton Hills, Mono, Oakville and Orangeville; and the Townships of Amaranth and East Garafraxa. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.