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Thursday, 28 February 2019 11:11

Spring Safety Message: Be Careful Around Waterways

February 28, 2019 – Kawartha Conservation is reminding residents of the dangers that exist near bodies of water, particularly around this time of year, and urges people to keep family and pets away from the edges of all waterways.

Spring is quickly approaching and with warmer temperatures, people look forward to getting outdoors. However, warmer temperatures will bring higher water levels and faster flowing water in local watercourses.

Although we have experienced a few thaws this winter, the snow cover that is currently observed throughout the Kawartha Conservation watershed is typical for the beginning of March. The ground remains frozen and local rivers, streams and lakes are covered in ice. With warmer weather, comes melting snow, and potential rain will contribute to higher water levels and increased velocities in local watercourses.

As well, slippery and unstable streambanks and extremely cold water temperatures can also lead to very hazardous and dangerous conditions close to any body of water. Ice cover will weaken and become unstable.

Be safe this spring by remembering the following tips:

•    Keep family and pets away from all bodies of water
•    Avoid all recreational activities in or around water
•    Always stay off closed roads. If you do come near to flooded roads or fast-moving water, do not attempt to drive or walk through the current.
•    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 the spring high water

For more information, contact your local Conservation Authority.

•    Kawartha Conservation    (705) 328-2271
•    Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority    (905) 895-1281
•    Toronto & Region Conservation Authority    (416) 661-6514
•    Conservation Halton    (905) 336-1158
•    Credit Valley Conservation     (905) 670-1615
•    Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority    (905) 579-0411
•    Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority    (905) 885-8173
•    Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority        (705) 424-1479