Don’t Let Water Safety Take A Holiday This March Break

March 9, 2018 Carleton Place – With March Break on the horizon, Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) is taking the opportunity to remind parents and children about the dangers of spring water. Warmer weather and rain can result in dangerous situations arising suddenly with deteriorating ice conditions and faster flowing water.

“Water is an almost irresistible attraction for children but spring water is very dangerous,” said Sarah O’Grady, MVCA Education Coordinator. “Children should never be left unsupervised while they are playing near a body of water, especially if you live near a waterway, including lake and river shorelines, culverts, ditches and dams.”

Education is one of the best tools to prevent tragic incidents from occurring due to dangerous water conditions. Since 1987, MVCA has been offering a Spring Water Awareness Program (SWAP) to elementary school children throughout the Mississippi Valley watershed.

“Our goal is to teach children to recognize and avoid dangerous situations on or near waterbodies. We promote care and caution in an upbeat and entertaining manner,” said Ms. O’Grady.

SWAP is typically offered from early March through to early April to correspond with the spring freshet. The program is approximately 45 minutes in length and is delivered for free to schools. For more information on spring water safety or to book SWAP at your school, please contact Sarah O’Grady at 613-253-0006 ext. 239 or sogrady@mvc.on.ca.

MVCA is one of 36 Conservation Authorities in Ontario. Formed in 1968, MVCA’s mandate is to manage the watershed’s resources in partnership with our eleven member municipalities and the Province of Ontario. For more information, visit www.mvc.on.ca, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

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MEDIA CONTACT:
Shannon Gutoskie
Community Relations Coordinator
613-253-0006 ext. 225
sgutoskie@mvc.on.ca

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