Be Careful Near Waterways
Hazardous conditions on and around bodies of water
Credit Valley Conservation reminds residents there are dangers near all waterways and bodies of water this time of year. They urge people to keep family and pets away from any water’s edge.
Spring is quickly approaching. With warmer temperatures, people look forward to getting outdoors. Warmer temperatures, however, also usually bring rain, melting snow and shifting ice which can contribute to higher, faster flowing water in watercourses.
While the Credit River watershed received a typical amount of snow this winter, warmer temperatures and heavy rainfall in January and February has caused early snowmelt. As a result, the ground is saturated in many places. In periods of intense rain, there could be a higher amount of runoff in much shorter times than usual. Also, slippery, unstable streambanks and extremely cold water can lead to very hazardous conditions close to any body of water.
Be safe this spring and remember these tips:
- Keep family and pets away from all bodies of water
- Avoid all recreational activities in or around water
- Where you can, move objects such as chairs or benches away from the water’s edge and carefully secure all watercraft to avoid losing them during the spring high water
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.
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 defined by the area of land where all rainfall, snowmelt and runoff drain into lands and waters flowing into the Credit River. CVC creates connections between people and nature, knowledge and action. We inspire a deep appreciation for the role of nature in keeping people connected, healthy and happy. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.