There are 3 different types of ponds – on-line (located on a stream and built by dredging or damming a stream), bypass ( still can be considered online but built by redirecting only some of the flow) and offline (not connected to a river or stream), and each has its distinct qualities. On-line ponds are strongly discouraged because of their negative ecological impact on waterways. When undertaking pond management initiatives, consider:
- preserving and enhancing native vegetation to attract amphibians and other wildlife;
- preserving and enhancing buffers to attract wildlife and filter nutrients;
- stocking with fish to enhance the food web (fish feed on aquatic insects, including mosquito larvae); (may require a permit, contact the Ministry of Natural Resources before proceeding)
- undertaking water quality projects such as installing aerators to infuse oxygen into the water;
- and, sensitive discouragement of nuisance wildlife (e.g., noise, decoys).
Understanding your pond and following best management practices will help make it attractive, environmentally friendly and easier to maintain. To discuss pond stewardship concerns, please contact a CVC stewardship coordinator.
If you wish to apply for a permit to undertake a project on your property, please check with our planning department first. Please note that a permit from CVC does not replace building permits or any other permits issued through municipal offices or from other agencies. It is recommended that you contact your local municipality for information on additional approvals that may be required.