However the creation of the pond by damming Shaw’s Creek created negative consequences for fish habitat (warming the water and blocking spawning routes). Siltation of the pond is detracting from its visual and recreational utility and work is required on the dam and retaining walls. The non-profit Alton Millpond Association has been established with the aim of rehabilitating the dam and pond while improving the fish habitat and making the pond a stellar recreational amenity for the general public.
Improve the Millpond, so that the fish can again thrive there. As well, we have multiple turtle species to protect, and also need to improve the environment for the ducks and birds using this site.
One side project to protect the turtles that we are hopeful for, is a low fence alongside the nearby roadway, to prevent the turtles when they are laying their eggs, from going onto the road, as we are losing some of them when they venture away from their protected habitat.