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Friday, 09 March 2018 09:33

Spring Safety Message: Exercise Caution Near Waterways

March 9, 2018 – With March Break just around the corner, Kawartha Conservation is reminding residents of dangers that can exist near streams, rivers, ponds and lakes around this time of year and urges people to keep family and pets away from any water’s edge.

Spring is quickly approaching and 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.

Although Kawartha Conservation’s watershed received a typical amount of snow this past winter, the warmer temperatures experienced through February has resulted in an early snowmelt.  Notwithstanding, the ground within Kawartha Conservation’s watershed remains saturated in many places and in periods of intense rain, there could be a higher amount of runoff in a much shorter interval than usual.  In addition, slippery and unstable streambanks 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 any water’s edge.

For more information, contact your local Conservation Authority.

•    Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority    (905) 895-1281
•    Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority   (905) 579-0411
•    Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority       (905) 885-8173
•    Otonabee Region Conservation Authority        (705) 745-5791