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Quinte Conservation issues water safety statement

The weather forecast for the weekend and into next week shows a warming trend with chances of precipitation that could cause the snowpack to ripen, increased runoff and higher flows.

Water Resources Manager Christine McClure says the public should exercise caution around ice-covered and open water as changing temperatures and rainfall may create unstable ice conditions on rivers, streams, and lakes.

“It is important to stay away from stream banks as they may be slippery and treacherous. Hypothermia is a real concern for anyone who falls into the water, even in a ditch or small creek.”

Even though the ice may look stable, the fast flowing currents below will contribute to degrading ice conditions. Parents and guardians are urged to keep children off the ice.

“Dams and other water control structures should be avoided at all times due to strong currents.”

Quinte Conservation staff will be monitoring water levels and conditions closely. In the case of above freezing temperatures and significant rainfall, there may be a potential for nuisance flooding.

“Residents should take care to monitor their sump pumps and ensure they are in good condition during this type of weather because of local ponding water.”

Quinte Conservation is issuing a Water Safety Statement regarding the changing conditions in the watershed. A Water Safety Statement indicates that high flows, unsafe banks, melting ice or other factors could be dangerous for users such as anglers, boaters, swimmers, children or pets.

Flooding is not expected. This message will be in effect until (or updated before) March 18, 2019

Quinte Conservation is a community-based environmental protection agency. It serves 18 municipalities in the watersheds of the Moira, Napanee and Salmon Rivers and Prince Edward County. More information about Quinte Conservation is available at

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