April showers put the spotlight on local waterways

April 6, 2017 (MISSISSAUGA) – With April showers in full effect, there is a higher risk of localized flooding. This is one of the reasons why Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) has spearheaded a real-time environmental monitoring service that helps CVC monitor short- and long-term environmental conditions in the Credit River watershed. The new service is available to the public on CVC’s website.

To aid in tracking and forecasting flood risk, the real-time network includes climate stations that collect information on temperature, wind and precipitation, and streamflow stations that collect data on water levels. The information collected is also used to identify short-term changes in water quality and environmental conditions, as well as long-term climate and environmental trends.

“Localized flooding is more common this time of year. Our real-time monitoring system is a state-of-the-art service that helps us learn and respond to of potential threats,” said Tim Mereu, Director of Watershed Management at CVC. “The information is also valuable to our long-term monitoring strategy, allowing us to see a more detailed picture of environmental conditions.”

In total CVC operates a network of 57 real-time environmental monitoring stations, strategically placed throughout the Credit River watershed, ranging from Orangeville in the north down to Mississauga and Lake Ontario. The stations send data to CVC’s website via a cellular connection. There are four types of stations. Streamflow stations track river and creek levels. Precipitation stations track rainfall. Climate stations track air temperature, wind, humidity, barometric pressure and solar radiation. Water quality stations will be added to the public online service in the coming weeks. They track in-stream dissolved oxygen, pH, temperature, chloride, specific conductivity (the ability of heat or electricity to move through water) and turbidity (the clarity of water). The real-time data at key stations may be viewed through CVC’s web site at www.creditvalleyca.ca/real-time-monitoring.

The real-time monitoring service is funded by The Region of Peel’s Climate Change Program.

Credit Valley Conservation is one of 36 conservation authorities in Ontario. Conservation authorities are provincial/municipal partnerships that manage the natural environment of a watershed, an area of land where the rain and snowmelt drain into a body of water. For more than 60 years, Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) has worked with its partners to build a thriving environment that protects, connects and sustains us. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.

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