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Spring guide


High Water

  • Prepare in the fall to manage spring runoff. Even in low snow areas, meltwater from upstream may add to runoff through your property.

Septic Systems

  • Conserve water to reduce the volume going into your septic leaching bed. High spring water tables and saturated ground may reduce the effectiveness of your system.
  • If you suspect that the water table is higher than your septic leaching bed, contact a septic inspector. You could be contaminating surface water.
  • Pump your tank late in the summer. If you pump when the water table is high, the empty tank could float up.

Flood Preparedness

  • Your local Conservation Authority will likely have maps that can identify if you are in a flood risk area. If your home or property is at risk from imminent flooding contact your municipality or local emergency services for assistance.


Spring Mud

  • Avoid using a muddy driveway. Rake out ruts before they dry and harden.
  • Use planks or boards to create temporary boardwalks. This saves compacting the soil and helps keep mud out of your house and car.


  • Hold off putting docks into the water until ground conditions have hardened, to prevent damage to the shoreline.

Spring Clean-up

  • Remove human-made garbage; it can harm wildlife and their habitat, interfere with your recreation and it’s ugly! But leave nature’s debris; logs, branches and trees that have washed up on your shoreline or beach. Resist collecting them for firewood – they are essential to protecting your shoreline from erosion.
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