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Conservation Halton issues 2017 Spring Water Safety Message

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Conservation Halton reminds 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.

While Conservation Halton’s watershed did not receive a typical amount of snow this past winter, there has been a higher than average amount of rainfall. As a result, the ground in the Conservation Halton watershed is 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
  • 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
  • Kawartha Conservation (705) 328-2271

About Conservation Halton’s Flood Forecasting and Operations Program

Conservation Halton provides a flood forecasting and operations program to reduce the risk of property damage and loss of life due to flooding.

When flooding is possible or about to occur, Conservation Halton issues flood messages to municipal emergency management officials, school boards, police and EMS as well as the media. The municipal officials then take action to warn local residents.

Conservation Halton is responsible for the maintenance and operation of four major flood control dams (Kelso, Hilton Falls, Scotch Block and Mountsberg) and over 12 kilometers of flood conveyance channels (Sixteen Mile Creek through Milton, Morrison-Wedgewood diversion in Oakville and the Rambo-Hager diversion in Burlington).