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This statement is valid until Friday, January 8, 2015.

Ice is starting to form on local rivers, streams, lakes and the Bay of Quinte due to recent cold conditions. Quinte Conservation does not measure ice thickness for recreational activities. Quinte Conservation General Manager Terry Murphy says, “In spite of the cold spell it is unlikely that local ice conditions are safe for any recreational activity. Warmer temperatures are forecast for the end of the week which will cause ice conditions to worsen.”

Murphy adds, “We are urging local residents to stay off all ice covered water bodies and to remind children about the dangers of playing on or near ice covered surfaces or fast flowing water in ditches and smaller creeks. Hypothermia is a major concern for anyone playing in areas where they could potentially fall into open water.”

Quinte Conservation warns the public that stream banks should be avoided in the winter. Ice and snow make footing unpredictable and frigid open water conditions are extremely dangerous. Areas around dams, culverts and bridges should be avoided at all times.

Lack of ice cover and exposure of the water surface to cold temperatures and/or wind chills below -18 degrees C can trigger the formation of frazil ice which can accumulate quickly on bridge abutments, piers and riverbanks. Frazil ice is slush ice that is formed in turbulent, open water on rivers during extreme cold.

Quinte Conservation is issuing a Water Safety Statement regarding the changing ice conditions. A Water Safety Statement indicates that high flows, unsafe banks, melting ice or other factors could be dangerous for users such as anglers, boaters, swimmers, children or pets. Flooding is not expected.

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. Quinte Conservation’s main goal is to create a sustainable ecosystem where people and nature live in harmony.

For more information:
Jennifer May-Anderson
Jennifer May-Anderson
Communications Manager
(613) 968-3434 ext. 125
(613) 354-3312 ext. 125

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