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Norwood Millpond Restoration

The Norwood Millpond, located in the former village of Norwood, is approximately 9.3 hectares in size and is a widening of the East branch of the Ouse River. The pond is surrounded by residential, industrial, and recreational land uses and is partially located within the Wellhead Protection Area for the Norwood water supply.  The pond and surrounding green space represent an important natural feature in Norwood, providing a place where residents can enjoy recreational activities such as swimming, canoeing, fishing, and picnicking.

There is a public beach and picnic area at the pond which are maintained by the Township of Asphodel-Norwood. In recent years water quality concerns and a large Canada goose population have deterred residents of Norwood from utilizing this recreational area.

In an effort to discourage the congregation of geese on the beach and improve water quality and habitat, the Norwood Millpond restoration project was initiated in 2009. Phase 1 of the project involved the planting of clusters of native vegetation on the beach and adjacent public land to reduce soil erosion, deter Canada geese from congregating on the beach and enhance the overall shoreline habitat of the pond. Maintaining public access to the pond for water-based recreation was also an important consideration in the design of this restoration project.

Students from Norwood District Public School and the World Awareness Club of Norwood District High School were actively involved in the planting of more than 300 trees, shrubs and wildflowers.

The Norwood Millpond restoration project was supported by the Norwood District Public elementary and high schools, Municipality of Asphodel-Norwood, Norwood Lions’ and Lioness’ Clubs, Norwood and District Horticultural Society, Millpond Revitalization Committee, the Ontario Drinking Water Stewardship Program and many community supporters. The final phase of the project will be completed in 2010 and will involve the planting of native species of trees and shrubs along the spillway and adjacent open areas.