Category Archives: Credit Valley Conservation

WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT

Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) is advising that Environment Canada is forecasting mixed precipitation of 5-10 mm, along with warmer temperatures for this weekend. Rain will begin on Sunday with temperatures up to +3oC and continue into Monday with light showers and temperatures up to +7o C.

The mix of above-zero temperatures, rain, and partial melting of the snowpack are expected to increase runoff, water levels and flows in the watercourses throughout the watershed. With increased temperatures, there is a possibility of breaking up of the ice cover in watercourses, resulting in ice jams and increased water levels.

While flooding of the Credit River and its major tributaries is not expected, higher water levels and flows will result in local streams and rivers becoming dangerous, especially in the vicinity of culverts, bridges and dams.  Children should be warned to stay away from all watercourses.   

CVC will continue to closely monitor weather and water levels in the watershed.  The Watershed Conditions Statement for Water Safety will be in effect through to Tuesday February 5th, 2019, or until further notice.  

For more information on this Water Safety Statement, contact CVC during office hours at 905- 670-1615.  To report a flood afterhours, please call 1-800-215-8505.

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.

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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.