Spring is rapidly approaching and with it all the dangers associated with cold, fast-flowing water. Quinte Conservation Education Coordinator, Maya Navrot warns, "As snow and ice begin to melt, local waterways including lakes, rivers, streams and drains begin to fill up with cold, often fast-moving water." She adds, "Children are often interested in exploring rushing streams and thawing ponds during the warmer days of spring. Strong spring currents, unstable ice cover and slippery riverbanks can be a real danger to them."
Quinte Conservation is urging all parents and caregivers to ensure that children do not play along local waterways.
Navrot adds that spring water safety activity sheets are available for download from Quinte Conservation. Please clic "Activities and Events".
"We have activity sheets appropriate for children from Kindergarten to grade six," said Navrot. The awareness building exercises include colouring sheets, crossword puzzles, word searches and more.
Quinte Conservation is a community-based environmental protection agency. It serves 18 municipalities in the watersheds of the Moira, Napanee and Salmon Rivers, and Prince Edward County. It provides cost effective environmental expertise and leadership that develops and delivers programs to ensure the healthy coexistence between the community, its environment and its economy. More information is available at Quinte Conservation.