Alton Millpond Restoration

Summary
<em>Edit Conservation Project/Cause</em> Alton Millpond Restoration -  | Lynden Cowan
Purpose/Mission: 
The historic mill pond is a prominent feature of the Alton Mill site and is highly visible from the main street of the village. 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 Millpoond 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. The AMA has completed a master plan and obtained funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to complete the detailed design and permitting, which is well underway. For more information or to help in the Committee's fundraising efforts, go to its website .
Start/End Date: 
Friday, 27 December, 2024

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. 

Objective(s): 

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.