Category Archives: Credit Valley Conservation

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.

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.