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Thursday, 12 March 2020 11:47

Spring Safety Message: Exercise caution near waterways

March 12, 2020 – Kawartha Conservation, along with partner conservation authorities around the Greater Toronto Area Conservation Authorities would like to remind residents of the dangers that exist near streams, rivers, ponds and lakes at this time of year and urge everyone to keep family and pets away from any water’s edge.

The Kawartha Conservation watershed received a typical amount of snow this winter. Some of the snowpack has melted recently as air temperature remained well above the freezing mark. As a result, local rivers and streams are already flowing higher and faster. As snow across the watershed continue melting and rain is very possible, local bodies of water will continue being extremally dangerous. In addition, slippery and unstable banks and extremely cold water also add to very hazardous conditions around all rivers and lakes.

As March Break is almost here, it is important to supervise children and help them understand the dangers of playing near creeks and streams. Also, anglers, canoeists, hikers, hunters and other recreational users need to be aware of the dangerous conditions that could pose a risk to personal safety. Play it safe and stay well back from waterways as the snow and ice melts. Help make this a safe and enjoyable spring.

Be safe this spring and remember the following 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 to avoid losing them during the spring high water

Kawartha Conservation continues to monitor waterways and will issue flood messages as conditions warrant.  

For more information, contact your local Conservation Authority:

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

About Kawartha Conservation’s Flood Forecasting and Warning Program
Kawartha Conservation operates Flood Forecasting and Warning program to reduce the risk of loss of life and property damage due to flooding.
When flooding is possible or about to occur, Kawartha Conservation issues flood messages to the public, media, local municipalities and partner agencies. The municipal officials take actions to respond to flood emergencies.

This Spring Safety Message is a general notice issued during spring runoff to remind residents that potential conditions exist that could pose a risk to personal safety or which have the potential to lead to flooding. High flows, unsafe banks, melting ice or other factors could be dangerous for recreational users such as anglers, canoeists, hikers, children, pets, etc. Flooding is not expected at this time.