Residents reminded not to swim or fish in Milton’s stormwater management ponds
Published July 14, 2021 at 2:32 pm
The Town of Milton is reminding residents to exercise caution around stormwater management ponds throughout the community and has placed new safety signs around them as a result.
This includes reminding residents to refrain from swimming, fishing, boating and littering in these ponds.
Stormwater management ponds are man-made infrastructures that are built to collect rainfall and surface water runoff, as required by the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) legislation.
As stormwater flows into the pond and fills it during rainfall, sediment and pollutants settle down to the bottom. Once the pond fills to its capacity, the water spills out and in turn, reduces flooding and erosion to local waterways.
Along with reducing flooding, these ponds have several other benefits. They are a man-made habitat for wildlife, a naturalized space for walking and bird watching and they protect the natural environment and provide flood protection.
Residents are reminded that while they are pleasant to look at and walk near, it is important to practice safety when around them as water levels can change quickly during storm events.
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