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Spring Safety Message: Exercise Caution Near Waterways -Conservation Halton reminds residents to keep family members and pets away from the water’s edge this spring
Spring is about to bloom here in Halton Parks! Jump into puddles, the sugar bush, hiking, and more during March Break from March 12 to March 16. Mountsberg and Crawford Lake are brimming with activity during Maple season. If you want to go for a quiet hike, you can check out Hilton Falls, Rattlesnake Point, Mount Nemo and Robert Edmondson. You can also take your final runs of the season at Glen Eden.
Conservation Halton issued a Watershed Conditions Statement - Water Safety at noon on Saturday, February 24 at noon. Conservation Halton is asking all residents and children to keep a safe distance from all watercourses and structures such as bridges, culverts and dams. Elevated water levels, fast flowing water, and slippery conditions along stream banks continue to make these locations extremely dangerous. Please alert children in your care of these imminent dangers.
Conservation Halton held its Annual General Meeting and 62nd Inaugural Board meeting on Thursday, February 22. Gerry Smallegange, Citizen Representative from Burlington was re-elected, and will serve for his second year as Chair. He is the tenth Chair of the Board in Conservation Halton’s history. Moya Johnson, Halton Hills Councillor was nominated as Vice-Chair and will serve in this role for the first time.
Conservation Halton issued a Watershed Conditions Statement - Flood Outlook at 8:45 a.m. on Tuesday, February 20. Widespread flooding is not anticipated. The amount of rainfall combined with warmer temperatures and melting snow has resulted in increased flows and water levels in a majority of our creeks which are now at, or near bankfull capacity.
Starting February 24 until April 2 (open on weekends, March Break and holidays) Mountsberg Conservation Area welcomes visitors to the working sugar bush at Maple Town and Crawford Lake Conservation Area presents Sweet Water Season, a celebration of the Indigenous origins of maple sugaring.
Conservation Halton advises that Environment Canada is forecasting steady periods of rainfall for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday with upwards of 30 to 40mm of precipitation possible over that time period. Based on the forecast of mild temperatures and rainfall, combined with the anticipated melt of our existing snowpack, we may experience an increase in flows and water levels in our creeks throughout Halton.
Sharing Experiences is a biennial one day capacity-building workshop for individuals and community groups interested in creating positive environmental change. This year’s workshop will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at the Puslinch Community Centre at 23 Brock Road South, Puslinch ON N0B 2J0.
It’s that hopeful time of the year when the thoughts of every Canadian turn toward the promise of spring. The days are longer, the sun stronger, and the promise of maple season is just around the corner. Mountsberg Conservation Areas invites you to join in on the excitement of the season with The Sugarmaker’s Breakfast on Saturday, February 24 or Sunday, February 25. Pre-registration is required.
Conservation Halton recently received notice from the Province of Ontario that we were the successful recipient of funding through the Ontario Community Environmental Fund. These funds will be used to complete the fourth and final phase of major creek restoration works in Courtcliffe Park which involves the removal of a white pedestrian bridge over Bronte Creek to restore natural creek banks and creek flows to prevent flooding of the park paths. These works will proceed during the third or fourth week of February.