May 26, 2022 – Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) has begun lowering water levels in Monora Pond to restore healthy habitat in Monora Creek and the surrounding wetland. This work is in preparation for the eventual removal of the pond and dam, which has reached its end of life.
“The ageing dam at Monora Park poses a safety and liability risk,” says Paul Biscaia, Senior Coordinator, Wetland Restoration at CVC. “We are taking steps to decommission the dam and restore the coldwater habitat in Monora Creek and the surrounding wetlands.”
Residents are encouraged to stay on designated trails and use caution walking next to the pond as the exposed sediment may be deep and present a hazard. Dog-walkers are also reminded to keep their dogs on a leash.
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 will be developing a detailed design in consultation with provincial agencies, the public and stakeholders to reimage the park scenic features and amenities.
CVC is hosting an 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 provide input to help refine the final design at the in-person event. Residents will have the opportunity to share what they value most about Monora Park and share their ideas on scenic features and amenities they would like to see. Registration is encouraged at cvc.ca/events.
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, as the pond has filled with silt, it no longer provides a place for swimming and fishing, although it remains a local landmark.
The park will continue to be an important greenspace for residents with 18 kilometres of walking, biking and cross-country ski trails, a picnic shelter, gazebo, open playing field, and Monora Pavilion – a venue for public and private events including weddings and conferences.
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.
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