Conservation Halton has issued a warning to remind residents of the dangers that can exist near streams, rivers, ponds and lakes around this time of year and is urging the public to keep family and pets away from the edges of all waterways.
“While those of us in the environmental field know the call of the great outdoors only too well, 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,'” said the release from Conservation Halton.
While temperatures have declined since warmer days in November, the region is experiencing frequent freeze-thaw cycles, resulting in the melting of accumulated snow and ice cover.
In turn, this runoff will create hazardous conditions near all waterways, by contributing to higher water levels and increased velocities in local watercourses.
Additionally, slippery and unstable stream banks and extremely cold water temperatures can also lead to very hazardous and dangerous conditions close to any body of water.
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Conservation Halton is reminding the public to be safe this winter by keeping family and pets away from all bodies of water, avoid all recreational activities in or around water and tailor winter outdoor activities to trails at local parks and Conservation Areas.