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.
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.
Mississauga City Council has endorsed a plan to expand the Provincial Greenbelt Plan Area by designating public lands within the Credit River corridor as Urban River Valley. This decision builds on a recommendation from the Natural Heritage and Urban Forest Strategy.
“Mississauga’s natural heritage system and urban forest are a significant part of our city’s landscape,” said Ward 8 Councillor Matt Mahoney. “As Chair of the Environmental Action Committee, I would like to thank the many groups involved in this great initiative for their support of environmental conservation and sustainability in the City of Mississauga.”
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When it comes to a healthy environment, Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) believes anything is possible with a little help from its friends. To honour local efforts, CVC is seeking nominations for its annual Friends of the Credit Conservation Awards. The awards program recognizes first-time projects and initiatives, as well as those that have extended over multiple years. Consideration is given to all projects that promote a healthy environment.
“For three decades it has been our privilege to honour those who have improved the health and wellbeing of our communities,” said Mike Puddister, CVC’s Deputy CAO and Director of Watershed Transformation. “The awards program is our way of recognizing those in the community who stand out for their leadership and environmental contributions.”
The Friends of the Credit Conservation Awards are given annually to people who demonstrate environmental excellence in the watershed. Nominations are open to individuals, landowners, schools, community groups, businesses and youth (25 and under) who have made a significant contribution to the local environment.
Continue reading CVC Seeks Nominations for Environmental Awards