Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) invites residents to learn about the pond and dam removal at Monora Park at the open house on June 16, 2022 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Monora Park Pavilion in Mono. Residents can learn about the project, ask their questions and share their vision for a restored Monora Creek.
In May, Credit Valley Conservation began lowering water levels in the pond in order to restore healthy habitat in Monora Creek and the surrounding wetlands. This work is in preparation for the eventual removal of the pond and dam, which has reached its end of life.
“With the loss of the pond at Monora Park, we want to work with the community to identify opportunities for enjoyment and interaction with the newly restored Monora Creek and wetlands,” said Paul Biscaia, Senior Coordinator Wetland Restoration. “We want to know what residents value most about Monora Park and hear their ideas on how they want to connect and view the restored site in future.”
Monora Park is a 17-hectare natural park owned by CVC and managed by the Town of Mono. Within Monora Park, Monora Creek was dammed in 1965 to create a pond suitable for recreation including swimming and fishing. Over time, the pond has filled with silt and it no longer provides a place for swimming and fishing, although it remains a local landmark. The age and deteriorating condition of the dam requires action to mitigate the risk of dam failure. The dam will be removed to address liability, safety and environmental concerns.
CVC evaluated dam repair and removal options, taking into consideration the goals of improving the natural environment of Monora Creek as well as safety, social, recreational and economic values. CVC is developing the detailed design in consultation with provincial agencies, the public and stakeholders. The park will continue to be an important greenspace for residents and will remain open during construction scheduled for summer 2023.
To register for the Monora Open House, visit cvc.ca/event/monora-park-open-house/
For more information, visit cvc.ca/monora
Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) is a local conservation authority established by the Ontario government in 1954 to protect, restore and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River Watershed. Our watershed is defined by the area of land where all rainfall, snowmelt and runoff drain into lands and waters flowing into the Credit River. CVC creates connections between people and nature, knowledge and action. We inspire a deep appreciation for the role of nature in keeping people connected, healthy and happy. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.
Nicole Di Cintio
Specialist, Marketing & Communications
Credit Valley Conservation