Column: April 4, 2018

Stay clear of ice covered waterways

As temperatures begin to climb and with rain in the forecast, flows and levels across the Mississippi River watershed are expected to increase. No significant flooding is anticipated at this time. However, Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) reminds the public to exercise extreme caution around all water bodies. Banks adjacent to rivers and creeks are very slippery at this time and, when combined with current weather conditions, pose a serious hazard. Parents are encouraged to keep their children and pets away from all watercourses and off frozen water bodies, which have been weakened as a result of the warming conditions. Residents in low lying areas, historically susceptible to flooding, should take the necessary precautions to protect their property, such as:

  • Ensuring sump pumps are clear and in good working condition
  • Removing or securing items that might float away as flows increase

 Daily water levels and flows are available on the MVCA website at http://mvc.on.ca/water-levels/. The Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority flood forecasting and warning program monitors weather conditions, snowpack water content, estimates expected river flows and water levels and issues flood advisories or warnings as required. MVCA provides early warning and continuous monitoring to municipal and provincial emergency response personnel through a flood event.

Council approves better green bin service

At the March 28 City Council meeting, Council approved a new agreement with Orgaworld Canada that will make it easy for residents to recycle organic waste, keeping it out of landfills. The new agreement approved that:

  • dog waste will be allowed in green bins
  • residents will also be allowed to put their organic waste in plastic bags

The full report can be reviewed on ottawa.ca. Please note, these changes noted above will only go into effect in mid-2019. Do not put these items into your green bin until then.

Fundraising event:  Trivia Night in Carp

Tickets still available for my April 13th Trivia Night in Carp. This is an event raising funds for the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation’s Hope Rising Campaign for Mental Health. It’s guaranteed to be a fun evening, so get your tickets soon: https://TriviaNightInCarp.eventbrite.com.