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Brewer Park Pond Restoration Project

From October to December 2014 the landlocked Brewer Park Pond and former artificial swimming hole was reconnected to the main channel of the Rideau River. The newly connected pond boasts increased biodiversity with the creation of a new, vibrant wetland and pond with shoreline plantings, breeding bird habitat, amphibian habitat, turtle nesting beds and basking logs. The pond will provide improved spawning, nursery, rearing and feeding habitat for the local fish community in the Rideau all year round. This part of the Rideau River is home smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, yellow perch, northern pike, walleye and muskellunge.

Project Highlights:

  • 16,000 square metres of new, functioning wetland and fish habitat in the heart of the City of Ottawa
  • 1,000 truckloads of soil removed to contour pond into more productive habitat
  • 120 community volunteers helped plant over 1,600 trees, shrubs and aquatic plants in and around the pond
  • 8 weeks of construction from October to December 2014
  • Numerous basking logs, root wads and log piles installed as habitat for turtles, fish, amphibians

Ecological benefits:

  • Reconnected pond allows fish species year-round access in and out of the pond into the main river
  • Eliminates the potential for fish kills as a result of low oxygen conditions in the pond over winter and summer months
  • Altered elevations creates conditions suitable for more diverse aquatic vegetation
  • New functional spawning, nursery, rearing and food supply habitat created in the restored wetland for fish in the adjacent reach of the Rideau River
  • Provides new and enhanced winter and summer refuge areas for fish
  • Increased biodiversity.
  • Enhanced wetland improves water quality in the Rideau River

Project Partners

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Fish Biology & Conservation Physiology Lab
  • Carleton University
  • Minto
  • Muskies Canada
  • MNRF
  • City of Ottawa
  • Ottawa South Community Association
  • Richcraft

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Information
Jennifer Lamoureux
Aquatic and Fish Habitat Biologist,
Rideau Valley Conservation Authority
Jennifer.lamoureux@rvca.ca
613-692-3571 ext. 1108

Contact Us

Address:
Rideau Valley Conservation Authority
3889 Rideau Valley Drive
Manotick, Ontario K4M 1A5

Phone:
613-692-3571, 1-800-267-3504

Email:
info@rvca.ca

Hours:
Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Member of: conservation ontario