Spring Safety Message: Exercise Caution Near Waterways

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) urges residents to keep family members and pets away from the water’s edge this spring.

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 generally also bring rain, melting snow and shifting ice which can contribute to higher, faster flowing water in watercourses.

With warmer temperatures over the past few weeks, we have already experienced significant snow and ice melt in our watercourses throughout the Greater Toronto Area. However, the river and stream banks remain slippery and may be unstable and the extremely cold water temperatures can also lead to very hazardous conditions close to any body of water. Also, with the frozen ground conditions and intense rainfall that may accompany Spring conditions, the flows in TRCA watercourses will be faster and higher than usual.

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:

  • Toronto & Region Conservation Authority: (416) 661-6514
  • Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority: (905) 895-1281
  • 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