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It's Maple Syrup Season!
HCA Gift Cards now available
Annual Pass
Planning & Permits
It's Maple Syrup Season!

March 8, 15, 18, 19, 22, 29 & April 3 & 5. Discover one of Canada's most time-honoured and tasty traditions. Explore the making of maple syrup from the tree to the table in three different time periods: the methods of Canada's First Nations, 19th century pioneers and modern times.

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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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Annual Pass

HCA Membership Passes allows driver and all passengers to HCA conservation areas for one year from date of purchase. Enjoy Valens, Christie Lake, Dundas Valley, Fifty Point, Spencer Gorge and Webster's Falls, Eramosa Karst, Tiffany Falls and Westfield Heritage Village.  Get unlimited access to all Hamilton Conservation Areas for a full year. 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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Water Level Status

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Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety, March 13, 2015 at 11:30 AM.  With the return of milder temperatures, the area snowpack has begun melting. This results in increased runoff to the area watercourses. The Hamilton Conservation Authority (HCA) wishes to remind residents to continue to exercise caution near all water bodies at this time of year. Elevated water levels, faster moving water, rapidly increasing levels and flows, and slippery banks may pose a significant hazard. Adults are advised to keep children and pets away from water bodies at this time.

Furthermore, the thick ice sheets present in some watercourses and Cootes Paradise may pose an additional hazard. As this ice melts and breaks up, there is the potential for ice-related hazards such as falling into water bodies through the thinning ice sheet, ice that has formed at Hamilton area waterfalls breaking off and falling to the bottom of the waterfall, and ice jams which may increase water levels and the potential for flooding in area watercourses.

At least partial melting of the snowpack is expected over the weekend and into next week. Weekend daytime temperatures of +4 to +7 degrees Celsius are expected. The mild temperatures are expected to continue Monday to Thursday of next week, with daytime temperatures remaining above zero degrees.

Current water levels within the major watercourses are well below critical levels and are not expected to pose flooding concerns at this time

This Watershed Conditions Statement (Water Safety) message is in effect until Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at which time it will either be updated or cancelled. HCA continues to monitor stream and weather conditions closely and will issue further messages prior to March 18 as required.

For more information, please contact:

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.