Kensington North Watersheds Association

Fish Passage and Wetland Restoration at MacLeods Pond

(2014-12-19) The restoration of fish passage and wetland restoration project at MacLeods Pond in Spring Valley has been successfully completed. The former by-pass for the pond had eroded to the point that sharp drops of 70 cm were preventing fish passage. There were brook trout upstream of the by-pass, but they were land locked and did not mix with the trout downstream, including sea trout.

In the fall of 2013, KNWSA applied to the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program, offered by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, for funding to correct the problem of no fish passage. We obtained further support from the Wildlife Conservation Fund, Malpeque Bay Credit Union, Syngenta Canada, and property owners Kevin and Johanna Kelly.

Work took place from Sept. 17 to Sept. 25, 2014. A culvert was placed under the old pond dam, rerouting the Spring Valley Brook to the old stream that was used by the flume of the old mill. Part of the mill pond was excavated to provide open water for water fowl and a holding area for brook trout. The work was done by Thompsons Backhoeing and Trucking, who have many years of experience as environmental contractors.

The work area was seeded, and KNWSA staff will return in 2015 to plant trees and shrubs along the new stream bank. This project is the third and final large project on the Spring Valley Brook to restore fish passage. In 2013, KNWSA removed the broken dam and inadequate fish passage structure from Warrens Pond in Burlington. In 2014, Ducks Unlimited rebuilt the fish passage at Davis Pond, by Donald and Judy Stavert's on the Irishtown Road. With the completion of this third and final project, fish passage has been restored from the Southwest River estuary to the upper reaches in Spring Valley.

The good folks in this watershed are proud of the clean water and healthy fish and wildlife populations in the riparian zone. The effort put into restoring fish habitat and fish passage is a symbol of how important clean water, fish and wildlife are to the community.

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Photo credits: KNWSA Staff except where explicitly noted below.

Former by-pass with no fish passage New location before construction Embedding culvert Armouring culvert Excavating the pond New culvert & fish passage Fish passage below culvert Project signage High flow event, seeded out. Bypass (upper left) during high water flow, Dec. 12

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