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HCA Gift Cards now available
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HCA Gift Cards now available

Give the gift of nature! HCA gift cards can be redeemed for Annual Membership Passes, day use admission, Wild Waterworks, camping, boat rentals and much more. Gift cards are redeemable at various Hamilton Conservation Authority locations including Christie Lake, Dundas Valley Trail Centre, Fifty Point, Valens Lake, Westfield Heritage Village, Wild Waterworks and the HCA Main Office in Ancaster.

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Book your campsite online

Reserve online for your all camping trip at Valens Lake, a 300-hectare paradise for outdoor lovers.   Camp year round in a pine and spruce forest at one of 225 campsites (125 with hydro/water).  More about Valens Lake.

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Annual Pass

The Nature's Rewards Membership Pass allows driver and vehicle passengers unlimited access for one full year to all HCA conservation areas, including: Valens Lake, Christie Lake, Dundas Valley, Fifty Point, Spencer Gorge/Webster's Falls, Eramosa Karst & many more waterfalls and trails! Pass holders also receive free access to Westfield Heritage Village's public programming and special event days. Take advantage of some great rewards and enjoy all the benefits of being in the great outdoors!

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Planning & Permits

If you have a stream on your property or if your lot backs onto a ravine, wetland, steep slope or the Hamilton Harbour/Lake Ontario, you are probably affected by HCA Development, Interference with Wetlands, and Alterations to Shorelines and Watercourses Regulation 161/06. Construction and development in these areas are regulated to control changes to watercourses, floodplains, wetlands and steep slopes, in order to prevent flooding and erosion problems. They are also in place to conserve the environment and its associated natural features. 

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Province wide, conservation authorities are the lead flood forecasting and warning agencies. HCA monitors watershed conditions to provide early warning about the potential for flooding in the watershed. In addition, the HCA operates dams at the Christie Lake and Valens Conservation Areas, and manages natural flood-control areas such as wetlands and floodplains. These services play an integral role in the protection of infrastructure, industry, property and natural lands. Click here to learn more about our dams.

This page provides the latest flood notices issued by the HCA for the Hamilton watershed. These advisories are forwarded to the media, school boards, fire and emergency crews, and municipal officials. They are also posted in our News and Events section. It is then the responsibility of municipal flood co-ordinators to implement their own flood response programs to warn and assist local residents.

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Below is description of the type of flood messages issued by the Hamilton Conservation Authority. For more information on the HCA's flood control and water management activities, please see "What We Do".

NORMAL: Conditions are within NORMAL limits. No flooding is expected.

WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT - Water Safety: High flows, unsafe banks, melting ice or other factors that could be dangerous for recreational users such as anglers, canoeists, hikers, children, pets, etc. Flooding is not expected.

WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT - Flood Outlook: Early notice of the potential for flooding based on weather forecasts calling for heavy rain, snow melt, high wind or other conditions that could lead to high runoff, cause ice jams, lakeshore flooding or erosion.

FLOOD WATCH: Flooding is possible in specific watercourses or municipalities. Municipalities, emergency services and individual landowners in flood-prone areas should prepare.

FLOOD WARNING: Flooding is imminent or already occurring in specific watercourses or municipalities.

For more information, please contact:

Jonathan Bastien, Flood Warning Co-ordinator
905-525-2181 ext. 138
jbastien@conservationhamilton.ca

Or

Jonathan Bastien, Water Resources Engineer
905-525-2181 ext. 138
Jonathan.Bastien@conservationhamilton.ca

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Status Indicator

Normal Normal
Generally indicates low flow to base flow conditions. It should be noted that during Normal flow conditions, the inherent risk to personal safety associated with flowing water still exists.
Level 1
Flows are below 70 percent of their normal summer low flow. Water users are asked to reduce their consumption by 10 per cent.
Level 2
Flows are below 50 percent of their normal summer low flow. Water users are asked to reduce their consumption by 20 per cent.
Level 3
Flows are below 30 percent of their normal summer low flow and there is potential for economic harm to water takers and/or significant harm to the ecosystem. The Water Response Team may ask the province to impose mandatory restrictions on those holding Permits to Take Water.

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Status Indicator

Normal Normal
No flood conditions exist.
watersafetystatement Watershed Conditions Statement - Water Safety
High flows, unsafe banks, melting ice or other factors that could be dangerous for recreational users such as anglers, canoeists, hikers, children, pets, etc. Flooding is not expected.
floodoutlookstatement Watershed Conditions Statement - Flood Outlook
Early notice of the potential for flooding based on weather forecasts calling for heavy rain, snow melt, high wind or other conditions that could lead to high runoff, cause ice jams, lakeshore flooding or erosion.
floodwatch Flood Watch
Flooding is possible in specific watercourses or municipalities. Municipalities, emergency services and individual landowners in flood-prone areas should prepare.
Flood Warning Flood Warning
Flooding is imminent or already occurring in specific watercourses or municipalities. Municipalities and individuals should take action to deal with flood conditions. This may include road closures and evacuations.