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Hazardous conditions on and around bodies of water

NORTH DURHAM/KAWARTHA LAKES: Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (LSRCA) is reminding residents of the dangers that exist near bodies of water, particularly 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. Warmer temperatures, however, also usually bring rain, melting snow and shifting ice which can contribute to higher, faster flowing water. ​​​There is still significant snow cover throughout the Lake Simcoe watershed. The ground remains frozen and local rivers, streams and lakes are partially covered in ice. With warmer weather comes melting snow and potential rain, which will contribute to higher water levels and increased flows in local watercourses. Slippery and unstable stream banks and 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 the edges of all bodies of water. • Avoid all recreational activities in or around water. • Move objects, such as chairs or benches, away from the water’s edge to avoid losing them during the spring thaw. For more information, contact your local Conservation Authority. •Kawartha Con-servation 705-328-2271 • 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 It is the mission of LSRCA to work with our community to protect and restore the Lake Simcoe watershed by leading research, policy and action.

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