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Brewer Park Pond News
 
Project Plan —
July 28, 2014: See plantings and structures planned for pond improvements.
 
Press Release —
June 24, 2014: Brewer Park Pond Poised to Join the Rideau River
 
Information Session —
Saturday, March 9, 3:15 to 5 pm, Main Hall Ottawa South Community Centre, 260 Sunnyside Avenue (in Old Ottawa South)
 
Press Release
February 27, 2013: Community Information Session on Brewer Park Pond (PDF)
 
community tree plant register
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Background

The purpose of the Brewer Park Pond restoration project is to restore the ponds connection to the Rideau River prior to a series of public projects which occurred in the 1960s and 1970s.  A large number of partners have been involved with this since the mid-1990s, including but not limited to the following: MNR (landowner), City of Ottawa (lease agreement with MNR and adjacent landowner), DFO, RVCA, ECOS, Muskies Canada and Carleton University.  A series of meetings were held in 2004 between the partners to develop a restoration plan and seek funding for a comprehensive project to develop a restoration plan for Brewer Park Pond and return it to its natural wetland condition with an improved connection to the Rideau River urban fishery.
 
Ecological Concerns from a Fisheries Perspective

The pond in its current condition becomes hydrologically connected in the spring freshet when the floodplain becomes inundated with water.  This results in limited access for fish to enter and exit the pond.  The pond is perched from the Rideau River by approximately 1.5m.  This has the potential to result in winter and summer fish kills due to a lack of oxygen in the pond.  As a result the pond has limited ability to provide functional spawning, nursery, rearing and feeding habitat for the fish species in the Rideau River.  Riverine wetland habitat along the Rideau River in the lower Rideau River reach is considered rare.  By reconnecting Brewer pond we will be reproducing riverine wetland habitat that will provide valuable habitat functions for the 40 species of fish that inhabit the Rideau River.
 
Project Proposal

DFO, MNR and RVCA have identified the Brewer Park Pond restoration project as an opportunity for fish habitat compensation.  A group of local developers are required by DFO to compensate for a loss of fish habitat within their property in the East Urban Community.  Draft concept plans have been developed by consultants retained by the two local Developers consisting of Minto and Richcraft.  More detailed plans are currently being prepared by the consultants.  The proposed restoration project is to reconnect the pond to the Rideau River and create a wetland embayment adjacent to the sports field.

 Ecological Project Benefits

a) Reconnect the pond to allow fish species year round access in and out of the pond to the Rideau River.
b) Eliminate the potential for fish kills as a result of the occurrences of anoxic conditions in the pond in the winter and summer months.
c) Altering elevations to create conditions suitable for more diverse submergent and emergent aquatic vegetation in the pond.
d) Creation of new functional spawning, nursery, rearing and food supply habitat in the restored wetland feature for the fish community residing in the adjacent reach of the Rideau River.
e) Providing new and enhanced winter and summer refuge areas for fish.
f) Increased biodiversity.
g) improved water quality for the Rideau River as a result of the wetland enhancement.

Social Project Benefits

a) Signage describing the project and the social/ecological benefits to the Lower Rideau River watershed.
b) Maintain the current uses of the park with no change.
c) Another example of a successful private/public partnership between a diverse group of partners within the City of Ottawa.
d) Opportunity to increase forest cover around the pond feature to meet the City of Ottawa’s 20% forest cover target.
e) Opportunities for community associations and local ENGO’s to use the site for environmental special events centered around learning about the restoration activity (i.e. fish appreciation day, biodiversity blitz, etc.).
f)  Improved angling opportunities.


Potential Implementation Timeline
 
October 2012– Draft Concept Plan and site visit with all parties (Richcraft, Minto, Parrish Geomorphic and Niblett Environmental, City of Ottawa, DFO, MNR and RVCA)
 
November 2012– Revised drawings based on agency input from the site visit in October
 
November 2012 - January 2013- Community/Academic partners engagement
 
January 2013 - Communications team meeting of partner groups

February 2013
– Communications team meeting of partner groups
 
March 2013 - Open house information session with the public
 
April 2013– Section 35 Fisheries Act Authorization issued from DFO
 
May 2013- Section 28 Conservation Authorities Act Alteration to Waterway permit from RVCA
 
June 2013Endangered Species Act and Public Lands Act review/permit from MNR
 
July 2013- City of Ottawa permits or requirements
 
August/September 2014 -Construction timing window (approximately 2 months to complete)
 
*A five year post effectiveness monitoring plan will be implemented as part of the DFO Authorization.