Spring Safety Message: Exercise Caution Near Waterways

-Toronto and Region Conservation urges residents to keep family members and pets away from the water's edge this spring-

TORONTO, March 7, 2014 /CNW/ - Conservation Authorities are reminding residents of 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.

Spring is quickly approaching and with warmer temperatures, people look forward to getting outdoors. Warmer temperatures, however, also bring: rain, melting snow and ice which can contribute to higher, faster flowing water in watercourses.  Slippery and unstable stream banks and extremely cold water temperatures can also lead to very hazardous conditions close to any body of water.  This year, there is a higher than normal amount of snow and ice cover in TRCAs watersheds and this means a higher chance of ice jams and localized flooding during the melting period.  Extra caution is required.

Please keep family members and pets safely away from any water's edge and help make this an enjoyable spring.

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 or 1-800-668-5722

Toronto and Region Conservation
With over 55 years of experience, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) helps people understand, enjoy and look-after the natural environment. Our vision is for The Living City®, where human settlement can flourish forever as part of nature's beauty and diversity.  For more information, call 416-661-6600 or visit us at www.trca.on.ca;

SOURCE Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

For further information: Media Contact, Rowena Calpito, Supervisor, Media Management, Toronto and Region Conservation, Tel: 416-661-6600 ext 5632, E-mail: rcalpito@trca.on.ca