Spring Safety Message: Exercise Caution Near Waterways

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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 the edges of all waterways. 

Spring is quickly approaching and with warmer temperatures, people look forward to getting outdoors.  However, warmer temperatures will also 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 Conservation Halton’s watershed is typical for the beginning of March.  The ground remains frozen and local rivers, streams and ponds are mostly covered with ice.  With warmer temperatures, comes melting snow and potential rain which 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. 

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 

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). 

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. 

Please note: You can find an electronic version of this media release in the Conservation Halton Media Room:



Glenn Farmer

Coordinator, Flood Forecasting & Operations

Telephone: 905-336-1158 x 2290



Karlee May

Digital Media Coordinator

905-336-1158 x 2264