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Spring Safety Message: Be Safe Near Waterways

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Submitted to Just Sayin' Caledon

Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) is reminding residents of the dangers that exist near rivers, streams, ponds and lakes this time of year and urging people to keep family and pets away from the edges of all waterways. Melting snow combined with spring rainfall and frozen ground that is less able to absorb water can lead to higher and faster flowing water and unstable ice conditions.

Spring is quickly approaching and with warmer temperatures, people look forward to getting outdoors. Be safe this spring and remember the following tips:

  • Keep family and pets away from the edges of all bodies of water.
  • Avoid all recreational activities in or around water, especially near ice-covered watercourses and waterbodies.
  • Do not attempt to walk on ice-covered waterbodies or drive through flooded roads or fast-moving water.
  • If you live close to the water, move objects such as chairs or benches away from the water’s edge to avoid losing them during potential spring high water.
  • Avoid walking close to/across riverbanks and ice-covered water to prevent falling through. River banks can become unstable in the spring due to snowmelt and erosion.
  • Rescuing another person or a pet from icy water is dangerous. If you see anyone that has fallen through the ice call 911 for help immediately.

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

About Credit Valley Conservation’s Flood Forecasting and Warning Program

Credit Valley Conservation operates a flood forecasting and warning program to reduce loss of life and risk of property damage from flooding.

When flooding is possible or about to occur, Credit Valley Conservation issues flood messages to municipal emergency management officials, emergency medical services, school boards, police and the media. Municipal officials then take action to warn local residents and respond in emergency situations.

Track water levels, precipitation and other environmental conditions in the Credit River Watershed in real-time.

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. Our 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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