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WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT – Water Safety

The forecast for Southern Ontario calls for 15 to 30 mm of rain beginning this afternoon and continuing through into Wednesday.

While flooding is not expected, the forecasted rainfall amounts will result in higher than normal water levels and flows in our watercourses. The combination of slippery and unstable banks and cold water temperature will create hazardous conditions close to any river, stream or other water bodies. Children should be warned to stay away from all watercourses.

CVC will continue to closely monitor weather and water levels in the watershed. This Watershed Conditions Statement for Water Safety will be in effect through Thur-Apr-05-2018 or until further notice.

To view current watershed conditions, visit our real-time monitoring website: http://www.creditvalleyca.ca/watershed-science/watershed-monitoring/real-time-monitoring/

For more information on this Water Safety Statement, contact CVC during office hours at 905- 670-1615. To report a flood afterhours, please call 1-800-215-8505.

Art Exhibit Explores Beauty Beneath the Surface of a Wetland

There’s more than meets the eye at the water’s edge. Starting on March 22 (World Water Day), Credit Valley Conservation and the Region of Peel present Morphology, an art exhibit showcasing a constructed coastal wetland through a photographer’s lens. The free exhibit will be on display for public viewing from March 22 to 28 in the Great Hall at the Mississauga Civic Centre, 300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga. A special meet-and-greet with the artists takes place on March 22 from 7-9 p.m.

The project challenged eleven photographers to celebrate the birth of a wetland and connect people with the lake through their unique creative vision. The local Mississauga artists gave new life to habitat structures built four metres below the level of Lake Ontario, before they will be submerged and hidden from view.

“I was inspired by the opportunity to capture and explore a part of the restoration process that’s often overlooked,” said Stephen Uhraney, one of the Morphology photographers. “I’m honored to be a part of a project that serves value to the community and shows beauty in the unexpected.”

The habitat structures formed an alien-like environment that allowed the evolving wetlands to be photographed and appreciated in a new way. Morphology refers to change in shape over time. The exhibit explores this change through creative expression as the new wetland comes to life.

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Mississauga Community Honoured at Environmental Awards Ceremony

March 31, 2017 – Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) honoured local community members at its annual ‘Friends of the Credit’ Conservation Awards, held last night at BraeBen Golf and Country Club in Mississauga. Over 85 guests and representatives from CVC’s Board of Directors attended the event.

This year’s ceremony marked the 30th anniversary of the Conservation Awards. Since the program began in 1986, CVC has honoured 340 individuals, landowners, community groups, businesses, municipalities and agencies in the watershed that have made significant environmental contributions. The awards are issued by CVC’s Board of Directors to honour those who demonstrate the organization’s core values of leadership, collaboration, innovation and integrity through environmental practices.

Mississauga’s Emily Duncan was honoured with a Young Conservationist Award for her work with CVC’s youth program, Conservation Youth Corps (CYC) in 2014 and 2016. Following her experience in the program, Duncan joined CVC’s Frontline program where she took on the role of ambassador between CVC, the CYC program, her school and community. In addition, Duncan became a leader on the Frontline Steering Committee where she became a mentor for her peers who also showed interest in environmental issues. Throughout her volunteer career with CVC and other local organizations, Duncan contributed hundreds of hours to improve the local environment and share important environmental messages with her peers.

Deloitte, who has an office in Mississauga, received an Award of Distinction. Over the past 10 years, Deloitte’s Mississauga office has participated in the City of Mississauga’s tree planting and stewardship program. In total, 610 employees have volunteered their time over the decade-long partnership. Volunteers have removed invasive species, helped define proper pathways to protect natural areas and planted native trees and shrubs.  Deliotte is defining itself as a corporate leader through its involvement in environmental stewardship with the City of Mississauga.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to extend my gratitude for all the meaningful environmental work over 30 years,” said Nando Iannicca, CVC Chair and Councillor for Mississauga Ward 7. “I am proud of all the remarkable achievements our award recipients have accomplished. With each project and initiative these leaders continue to improve the local environment and our quality of life.” Continue reading Mississauga Community Honoured at Environmental Awards Ceremony

Credit Valley Conservation: Working Hard in Our Backyard

When it comes to climate change and the state of the environment, everyone thinks globally but do you know what is being done locally to help improve our environment?  On Saturday, October 1, join Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) for its annual Stewardship Forum to learn how collectively we are working to protect our local resources for the future. The event takes place at University of Toronto Mississauga Campus from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

“Each year we host this event to shed light on key projects and issues in our watershed,” said Mike Puddister, Deputy CAO and Director of Watershed Transformation at CVC. “Our goal is to inform and inspire the community to get involved locally. The work that we all do at the local level helps to reduce the effects of climate change globally.”

This year’s event will feature a keynote address by Nobel Laureate and Township of Amaranth Mayor Don MacIver, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 with former U.S. Vice-President Al Gore for his work on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. MacIver was a senior scientist with Environment Canada for many years and co-chaired the World Meteorological Climate Conference in 2007. Continue reading Credit Valley Conservation: Working Hard in Our Backyard

CVC celebrates 10 years of youth community service

September 1, 2016 – Ten years of community service is a sentence local youth can be proud of. On Thursday, September 1, Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) and Credit Valley Conservation Foundation (CVCF) marked the 10th anniversary of its Conservation Youth Corps program (CYC). The event took place at Jack Darling Memorial Park in Mississauga and celebrated 10 years of accomplishments and community support through the youth environmental program. In attendance were members from the CVC and CVCF’s Board of Directors, sponsors of the program, community partners and some of this year’s CYC student volunteers.

“In 2006, at the urging of our former CAO, Rae Horst, we started the conversation with our partners about the need for youth programming. We were committed to connecting youth with the environment,” said Mike Puddister, Deputy CAO and Director of Watershed Transformation at CVC. “Our goal was to offer an environmental learning experience for 200 students during the summer and plant 10,000 trees.”

The CYC program began in the summer of 2007 with the support of the Region of Peel. The program aligned with municipal and provincial government priorities for healthy communities. The CYC program started with partners throughout the Credit River watershed to provide community service, engage high school students looking for volunteer hours and address climate change.

Youth volunteers spend one week in the summer working in a crew of seven. They participate in conservation activities such as tree plantings, trail maintenance, invasive species removal, stream restoration and electrofishing. The program offers students an opportunity to earn volunteer hours, develop new and different life skills and network with other students. Continue reading CVC celebrates 10 years of youth community service