Stay safe, stay off storm ponds.
Storm ponds are not like regular ponds. They collect runoff to protect communities from overland flooding and help clean water before returning it to the river.
Any recreational activity on or in these ponds is not safe and is strictly prohibited under the Stormwater Bylaw.
Why storm ponds are not safe for any activity
Hover your mouse over the numbers to read about the hazard that can be found in storm pond:
- The water in these ponds contains sediment and contaminants (e.g. road salt, vehicle fluids, bacteria, fertilizers, pesticides) that are collected as water travels through the community on their way to the storm pond, which can weaken the ice.
- Water levels are constantly changing as water moves between inlet and outlet pipes creating unstable air gaps between the ice and water.
- Ice thickness can vary across the pond's surface.
Watch the storm pond winter safety video:
Look for the signs
All storm ponds have identifying signage. If you’re not sure if you’re at a storm pond, look for signs like these:
Staying safe around storm ponds
Keep your pets away from the water:
Keep your animals away from storm ponds for their health and safety.
Stay back and stay off
Recreational activities such as:
- Ice skating
Are dangerous and strictly prohibited.