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WATERSHED CONDITIONS

Water Safety Statement

Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) advises that Environment Canada is forecasting above zero air temperatures over the weekend and early next week with the highest temperature exceeding 10°C and a chance of 2 to 4 mm of showers on Sunday, March 6th, 2022.

Water levels in the Credit River and its major tributaries have receded to seasonal normal levels after February flood events. However, ice breakup/jam risks are continuing. River ice is still present along the Credit River, especially upstream of the Paper Mill Dam in Georgetown. An ice jam remains in Churchville, although its size has decreased.

The amount of runoff expected on Sunday and Monday is estimated to be in the range of 20 mm or more. It is not anticipated that the flows will be sufficient to push the ice over the Paper Mill Dam. However, expected flows may be sufficient to breakup and mobilize the ice in the river, so new ice jams may form elsewhere.

While flooding of the Credit River and its major tributaries is not expected, higher water levels and partial ice coverage will result in local streams and rivers becoming dangerous, especially in the vicinity of culverts, bridges, and dams. The public is advised to stay away from all watercourses, especially children and pets.

CVC will continue to closely monitor weather and water levels in the watershed. The Watershed Conditions Statement for Water Safety will be in effect through Monday, March 7th, 2022, or until further notice.  

To view current watershed conditions, visit our real-time monitoring website:  https://cvc.ca/real-time-monitoring/

Winter Safety Message – Be Safe Near Waterways: Unsafe Ice

Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) reminds residents and visitors to our parks of the dangers near streams, rivers, ponds and lakes this time of year. CVC urges people to exercise caution and keep family and pets away from the edges of all waterways and water bodies.

We are experiencing frequent freeze-thaw cycles. Changing temperatures make ice conditions unpredictable and unstable. Additionally, streambanks are slippery and extremely cold water can be hazardous.

Be safe this winter and remember the following tips:

  • Keep family and pets away from all bodies of water
  • Avoid all recreational activities in or around water, including skating in unsanctioned areas
  • Tailor your winter outdoor activities to trails at local parks and conservation areas
  • Follow staff instructions and signage throughout CVC conservation areas

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

For more information about our parks, visit cvc.ca/park-advisories for the latest updates.  

Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) is a local conservation authority established by the Ontario government in 1954 to protect, restore and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River watershed. That watershed is the area of land where all rainfall, snowmelt and runoff drains (“sheds”) into lands and waters flowing into the Credit River. CVC creates connections between people and nature, knowledge and action. It inspires a deep appreciation for the role of nature in keeping people connected, healthy and happy. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.

Mississauga Festival of Trees

A unique new winter event is coming to Mississauga! The Mississauga Festival of Trees will run from December 9th-19th, 2021. The festival celebrates the joy of the winter season, showcasing displays of seasonal lights, contemporary tree and woodpile art installations, artisan and culinary markets, entertainment and public workshops, at the beautiful, historic venue of the Small Arms Inspection Building.

Open to artists’ interpretations, the tree and woodpile installations at the festival will celebrate the winter season and cultural diversity of Mississauga. Artists, postsecondary students, and community groups have come together to present these installations throughout the duration of the festival.

Tickets are on sale here: https://www.creativehub1352.ca/festival-of-trees

Port Credit Library to Remain Closed Due to Structural issues

At this time, the Port Credit Library will remain closed to the public due to structural issues.

“Out of care and in accordance with consultant recommendations, the City has made the difficult decision to close the Port Credit Library to the public,” said Stephen Dasko, Councillor, Ward 1. “We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience the closure causes to library customers. I know the library is at the heart and soul of our Port Credit neighbourhood and as a City, we are committed to continuing to serve you as we have done throughout the pandemic. Staff, together with Council will consider a longer-term action plan.”

The Port Credit Library and Memorial Park are built on landfill which has impacted the stability of the building’s foundation and supports. The City, through structural monitoring, has determined that deterioration of the piers (caissons) that support the building have reached an unacceptable level for this public building to continue operating.

Following the completion of a detailed structural review in November 2016, bi-monthly structural monitoring has been conducted as recommended by the structural engineers. As part of this ongoing monitoring cycle, the City retained an engineering consulting firm in April 2021 to complete a detailed assessment of the building’s piers. Four of the 27 piers were included in the assessment as per the consultant’s recommendation. After the site investigations were completed, the City received a draft report of the findings for review and decided to proactively close the library to the public on June 28. The final report was issued to the City on June 30.

The consultant’s report indicated that:

  • All four piers had degraded due to exposure over a prolonged period of time.
  • Evidence of significant structural loss had occurred in three of the four piers over the past five years.
  • There were no obvious signs of distress or structural failures observed in the piers during the condition survey.
  • There have been no significant movements of the floor structure reported as part of the bi-monthly structural monitoring program implemented onsite since January 2017.

“Ensuring our buildings remain in a state of good repair and follow life cycle maintenance schedules is paramount and part of our ongoing process. To that end, the decision was made to proactively monitor and now close the library to the public and only allow limited access by library and facilities staff. There has been no risk to public or staff safety at any time.”

Shari Lichterman, Commissioner, Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer

“The library team is committed to finding ways to continue to provide service to those affected by the closure,” said Jodi Robillos, Acting Commissioner, Community Services. “We are exploring other options for service delivery in the Port Credit community in the short term until a longer-term solution and funding strategy are developed. In the meantime, we encourage customers to access any of our other 17 locations along with our wide range of ebooks, audiobooks and other online services.”

Port Credit Library customers can continue to order and pick up holds at the Port Credit Arena during the following times:

·       Tuesday 9:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

·       Wednesday 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

·       Thursday 1:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

·       Friday 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

·       Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Late fees for materials borrowed from Port Credit Library are being waived at this time and there is a drop-off bin for returns at the arena, which is available during holds pick-up hours only. Items borrowed at the Port Credit Library can also be returned to any Mississauga Library location.  

Customers can choose an alternate pick-up library location. To select a different library location for pending holds, customers can log into their My Account on the Library Catalogue and click on the “Holds” tab to edit the hold pick-up location. Customers can view this video for step-by-step instructions or call 905-615-3500 to speak with a staff member.

“Residents can visit the Port Credit Library page online for closure information, FAQs and updates. I will be working closely with City staff to ensure there are opportunities for community input regarding next steps for the library. We are currently planning a community information meeting for all residents to be held in the near future.”

Stephen Dasko, Councillor, Ward 1

Additional updates will be provided as more information becomes available.

Visit: Port Credit Library web page

Spring Safety Message: Be Careful Around Waterways

Hazardous Conditions On and Around Bodies of Water

Mississauga, ON (February 27, 2021) – Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) is reminding residents of the dangers that exist near rivers, streams, ponds and lakes this time of year and urging people to keep family and pets away from the edges of all waterways. Melting snow combined with spring rainfall and frozen ground that is less able to absorb water can lead to higher and faster flowing water and unstable ice conditions.

The month of February brought heavy snowfall and very cold temperatures which resulted in a large snowpack and a significant amount of river ice in local watercourses. Increasing daytime temperatures have started to gradually melt the snowpack and river ice. Current ice cover along the Credit River may result in ice jams if temperatures and water levels increase rapidly. This may lead to an increased risk of flooding in the coming weeks as we transition into spring.

Be safe this spring and remember the following tips:

  • Keep family and pets away from the edges of all waterways.
  • Unless an area is officially sanctioned for it, avoid all recreational activities on or around water and ice, especially near ice jams.
  • Do not attempt to walk on ice-covered water or drive through flooded roads or fast-moving water.
  • If you live close to the water, move objects such as chairs or benches away from the water’s edge to avoid losing them if water levels rise.
  • Avoid walking close to or across riverbanks, shorelines and ice-covered water to prevent falling through. Riverbanks and shorelines can be slippery and unstable due to snowmelt and erosion.
  • Rescuing a person or pet from icy water is dangerous. If you see anyone that has fallen through the ice call 9-1-1 for help immediately.
  • Stay informed with the Alertable app. Alertable is a Canadian public emergency alert system that offers CVC flood alerts in real-time, right to your mobile device. It’s free via the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
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