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.
Keep your family and pets healthy and safe by keeping them off storm ponds.
Ice on storm ponds can be unstable even when it looks solid
It’s not safe to skate, walk or play on storm ponds Here’s why:
- 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.
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:
Download this brochure to learn more about storm ponds and how they help protect our rivers and communities:
- People/animals in or on storm ponds
- Retrieval of items from storm ponds
- Algae blooms
- Inquiries or maintenance
- Fish in the pond (it is illegal to release fish into storm ponds)