Stormwater pond ice safety


Strathcona County does not monitor the ice thickness of any stormwater ponds or natural bodies of water. Therefore, ice conditions are unknown and unpredictable. Stay safe: keep off the ice.

Stormwater ponds have an inlet and outlet pipe with water flowing much of the year. Moving water, water temperature changes due to vegetation or drainage and fluctuating weather conditions lead to unknown, unpredictable and dangerous ice conditions.

If they can't be used for recreation, what's the point of stormwater ponds?

Stormwater ponds serve an important function in Strathcona County's stormwater management system. A stormwater pond has two main purposes. The first is for residential flood protection. The second is for treating urban water run off before it flows back into natural creeks and rivers.


Safety on ice is your responsibility

Many factors affect Ice strength including air temperature, road runoff, springs that feed into the water, sun, wind, snow and overall thickness of ice. Remind your family to play safe and stay off the ice when signs are posted! Take proper care and be smart around ice-covered bodies of water.

Remember, you cannot judge the strength of ice by appearance alone - it is always best to use caution. 

Call 9-1-1 if someone falls through the ice

If someone falls through the ice, don't go on the ice and try to pull them out... you may fall in too! Get help fast by calling out for help and calling 9-1-1.

Additional ice safety information
The Lifesaving Society Alberta and Northwest Territories
780-415-1755 or visit

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Last updated: Thursday, November 14, 2019
Page ID: 38921