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​​Public Service Announcement, December 22, 2020​​

Winter Safety Message: Exercise Caution Near All Waterways

The Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority (NVCA) urges residents and visitors to exercise caution and keep family and pets away from the edges of all waterways and water bodies. Streams, rivers, ponds and lakes are extremely dangerous at this time of year as streambanks are slippery and unstable and the water is extremely cold.

While temperatures have declined since November's unseasonably warm days, we are experiencing frequent freeze-thaw cycles, causing accumulated snow and ice cover to melt. The melted ice and snow causes higher water levels, faster flowing water in all waterways, creating very hazardous conditions.

This year more than ever, we want to remind all nature seekers to be extremely cautious when outside this winter. We ask that you “target trails and steer clear of streams".

Be safe this winter and remember the following tips:

  • Keep family and pets away from all bodies of water
  • Avoid all recreational activities in or around water
  • Only use trails at your local parks and conservation areas for winter outdoor activities
  • Follow staff instructions and signage throughout NVCA conservation areas

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​

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Media Contact
Maria Leung, Communications Coordinator 705-424-1479 ext.254,