In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s been raining in Toronto today. And it’s going to keep raining.Combine that with snow still on the ground and it’s enough for the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) to issue a Watershed Conditions Statement.
In case you were unaware that the TRCA even existed before reading this, in their own words this is why they exist and what they do:
Formed in the aftermath of Hurricane Hazel, TRCA has a strong history in watershed management and leadership in applying sustainability practices. Today, we own more than 40,000 acres of land in the Toronto region, employ more than 475 full time employees and coordinate hundreds of volunteers each year.
With decades of practical experience in protecting our environment, educating young people, and engaging communities, TRCA works with governments, businesses, and individuals to build a greener, cleaner healthier place to live.
They’ve been around a long time making sure the GTA is a great place to live. And one of the ways they do that is by warning its residents of potential dangers. Today, that danger is simply too much water running at too fast a pace:
Forecasted rainfall amounts mixed with melting snow may result in high water levels, and safety issues around our rivers and streams. The combination of slippery and unstable banks, unsafe ice and extremely cold water temperature will create very hazardous conditions close to any river, stream or other water bodies. All rivers and streams within the GTA should be considered dangerous.
Please keep this in mind today, especially if you see children playing anywhere near river banks in the GTA.
Stay safe out there, Toronto.