For public safety, any activity that may result in direct contact with water in stormwater lakes is prohibited (this includes wading, swimming, boating, fishing and skating). Please see Drainage Bylaw 16200, section 22(1) for more information.
The City has signage posted at all stormwater facilities advising residents to keep off the water/ice because conditions are unknown. Due to the nature and the function of stormwater lakes, conditions can be unpredictable and dangerous. Moving water, temperature changes underwater due to vegetation or drainage and fluctuating weather conditions can all result in unsafe conditions not visible from the surface.
Stormwater lakes help control flooding during heavy rainstorms. Water quality cannot be guaranteed because the lakes collect street runoff. Water quality deteriorates during and following rainstorms and remains deteriorated for approximately 72 hours after the storm.
Please see stormwater lakes - conditions of use for more information.