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.
Mississauga’s Planning and Development Committee yesterday received a staff report on the proposed Official Plan policies to support the implementation of the Inspiration Lakeview Master Plan.
The draft policies support the area’s development as an innovative, sustainable green community with a generous public realm made up of mostly mid-rise buildings. The area will be home to 20,000 people and 9,000 jobs over the next 30 years.
“The vision and planning for the Lakeview Waterfront is truly transformative,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “The city-building work we are doing now will help create a remarkable new destination for anyone choosing to live, work, visit and enjoy an unrivalled quality of life in Mississauga.”
The proposed policies identify:
- the overall vision for the community
- an innovative, green model community achieved through best practices
- four distinct precincts, each with its own character
- new parks and open spaces
- new roads and transit corridors
- cultural facilities, an innovation corridor and institutional campus
Continue reading Proposed Policies First Step Toward Lakeview Waterfront Revitalization
Students, staff and dignitaries gathered yesterday at Kenollie Public School in Mississauga to celebrate the grand opening of the school’s new rain garden. Hosted by Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) and Kenollie Public School, the event hailed environmental learning opportunities for students and the community. Continue reading Pouring Positivity: Grand Opening of Kenollie Public School Rain Garden
Credit valley Conservation urges residents to keep family members and pets away from the water’s edge this spring
Conservation authorities are reminding residents of dangers that exist near streams, rivers, ponds and lakes this time of year and urge people to keep family and pets away from the edge of all waterways.
Spring is quickly approaching and with warmer temperatures, people look forward to getting outdoors. Warmer temperatures also bring rain, melting snow and shifting ice, which contribute to higher, faster flowing water in watercourses. With the recent snowfall and swiftly changing temperatures, there is a possibility for localized flooding during the melting period. Slippery and unstable stream banks and extremely cold water temperatures can also lead to very hazardous conditions close to any body of water.
Please keep family members and pets safely away from all watercourses.
For more information, contact your local conservation authority:
- Credit Valley Conservation – (905) 670-1615
- Toronto & Region Conservation Authority – (416) 661-6514
- Conservation Halton – (905) 336-1158
- Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority – (905) 895-1281
- 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
Conservation authorities are a provincial/municipal partnership. For 60 years, Credit Valley Conservation has worked with its partners to support a thriving environment that protects, connects and sustains us. Credit Valley Conservation gratefully acknowledges financial support from our member municipalities for facilities, programs and services: the Regions of Peel and Halton; the Cities of Mississauga and Brampton; the Towns of Caledon, Erin, Halton Hills, Mono, Oakville and Orangeville; and the Townships of Amaranth and East Garafraxa. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.
Mississauga City Council has endorsed a plan to expand the Provincial Greenbelt Plan Area by designating public lands within the Credit River corridor as Urban River Valley. This decision builds on a recommendation from the Natural Heritage and Urban Forest Strategy.
Continue reading Council Endorses Request for Expansion of Provincial Greenbelt