Spring Water Awareness Program SWAP
The Spring Water Awareness Program (SWAP) helps students increase their understanding of river systems and the hazards associated with them. The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) reaches out to schools located within the Ausable-Bayfield watersheds. SWAP includes both guided and interactive activities and the students have fun while learning about making appropriate safety decisions around waterways.
SWAP is a FREE program available to all schools within Ausable Bayfield Conservation watersheds during the months of February and March.
Download 2017 Poster for Spring Water Awareness Program (SWAP) at this link:
Students from Kindergarten to Grade 8 enjoy the age-appropriate activities that are designed to teach children about the dangers of seasonal water hazards, such as slippery stream banks, fast running waters and thin ice.
Also it discusses how the conservation authority uses programs to limit the damage caused by these environmental concerns.
ABCA elementary watershed schools are welcome to book your FREE SWAP by contacting Denise Iszczuk at diszczuk(at)abca.on.ca or phone 519-235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 or visit the staff contacts list.
Accidents are the leading cause of death among children 5-15 years of age. Many accidents are the result of lack of education and awareness. A concerted effort on all of our parts to teach children the dangers of thin ice and fast flowing rivers and creeks will give them the edge they need to play safely and avoid a tragedy this spring.
Black, Gray or Blue Ice: Dark areas of ice that are thin and weak spots
Channel: The area between the banks of a stream where water normally flows
Conservation: The wise use and protection of our natural resources
Conservation authority: A community-based environmental protection agency with responsibilities under the Conservation Authorities Act.
Culvert: A large pipe or tube that allows water to flow under a road or driveway
Current: The force of moving water
Dam: A barrier set across a river to control the flow of water
Disoriented: Confused; unable to make sense of one's surroundings
Erosion: The movement of soil by wind, water or ice
Evaporation: The process by which water turns into a gas and goes to the sky.
Flood: The overflowing of water in a river onto the flood plain
Flood plain: The flat land beside a watercourse that periodically becomes covered by water; the river's living space
Freshet: A great increase in the amount of water in a stream caused by heavy rains or melting snow, usually in the spring
Hazard: A source of danger or risk, especially to one's personal safety
Hypothermia: A life-threatening condition in which a person's deep body temperature is lowered by exposure to cold air or water.
Water Cycle: The process of water movement from the ground to the sky and back.
Waterway: Any body of water flowing into another body of water
Watershed: An area of land that drains into a river or lake
Wetland: A type of habitat that has water in it for all or part of the year.