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Spring is coming, please exercise caution when near waterways

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For Immediate Release
Tuesday, March 5, 2013

BURLINGTON – Conservation Authorities are reminding residents of the dangers that exist near streams, rivers, ponds and lakes around this time of year and urge people to keep family and pets away from the edge of all waterways.

With spring and warmer temperatures quickly approaching, we’re all looking forward to getting outdoors. However, warmer temperatures also bring rainfall, melting snow and ice, which can all contribute to higher, faster flowing water in our waterways.

Slippery and unstable stream banks and extremely cold water temperatures can also lead to very hazardous conditions close to any body of water. For more information, contact Conservation Halton by telephone, (905) 336-1158, or e-mail,

About Conservation Halton’s Water Control and Flood Warning Program/

Conservation Halton provides a water control and flood warning 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 4 major dams (Kelso, Hilton Falls, Scotch Block and Mountsberg dams) and 12.5 kilometers of flood control channels (Sixteen Mile Creek through Milton, Morrison-Wedgewood diversion in Oakville and the Rambo-Hager diversion in Burlington).

For more information on Conservation Halton’s Water Control and Flood Warning Program:

  • Conservation Halton’s webpage on Flood Protection, Low Water and Water Control
  • Watch a Conservation Minute on Flood Control on our YouTube channel.

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Note: Conservation Halton began using new terminology in flood and water safety messages effective February 21, 2012. The new terminology is being adopted by Conservation Halton, other Conservation Authorities across Ontario and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (OMNR). These changes will ensure their messages are consistent and in line with severe weather terminology used by other agencies such as Environment Canada and the Weather Network.

Conservation Halton is the community based environmental agency that protects, restores and manages the natural resources in its watershed. The organization has staff that includes ecologists, land use planners, engineers, foresters and educators, along with a network of volunteers, who are guided by a Board of Directors comprised of municipally elected and appointed citizens. Conservation Halton is recognized for its stewardship of creeks, forests and Niagara Escarpment lands through science based programs and services.


Ray Guther,
Manager Watershed Engineering Services
Telephone: 905-336-1158 ext. 253

Norm Miller
Communications Advisor
Telephone: 905-336-1158, Ext. 233