Town of Milton reminding residents not to skate on stormwater management ponds

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Published January 14, 2022 at 1:08 pm

The Town of Milton is reminding residents of the dangers near waterways this time of year and to exercise caution around stormwater management 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, it is important to practice safety when around them as water levels can change quickly during storm events.

As a result, the Town is urging the community to keep away from the edges of waterways and to remember that stormwater management ponds are unsafe for skating, tobogganing and playing hockey.

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