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June 05, 2019
Hodges Pond restoration project update

Ongoing re-naturalization of Hodges Pond sees improved water quality and new vegetation and habitat along Cedar Creek in Norwich Township 

On Thursday, June 13, Oxford MPP Ernie Hardeman will join representatives from Stewardship Oxford, Oxford County, Ducks Unlimited Canada, Upper Thames River Conservation Authority and the Cowan Foundation to share progress on the re-naturalization of 400 acres of land in Norwich Township known as Hodges Pond.

Through enthusiastic community support, the Hodges Pond restoration project has leveraged $25,000 in initial provincial funding to achieve a natural infrastructure investment of $300,000.

Join us as we update the community on progress made this year thanks to the support of our government and conservation partners and the Cowan Foundation.


Thursday, June 13, 2019 – 10:00 a.m.


504918 Old Stage Road West
Between Sweaburg Rd and Highway 59 South


Roger Boyd, Stewardship Oxford
Ernie Hardeman, Oxford MPP and Minister of Agriculture
Larry Martin, Warden, Oxford County and Mayor, Norwich Township
Peter Crockett, CAO, Oxford County
Ian Wilcox, General Manager, Upper Thames River Conservation Authority
Lynette Mader, Manager of Provincial Operations, Ducks Unlimited Canada
Phil Holst, Project Coordinator/Board Member, Stewardship Oxford and Board Member, Ducks Unlimited Canada


A brief presentation will be held shortly after 10:00 a.m. followed by a guided tour of the Hodges Pond wetlands restoration project.


Originally constructed as a mill pond but not used in decades, Hodges Pond became a sediment-filled shallow lake with extremely low oxygen levels and high bacteria counts. The Hodges Pond re-naturalization project opened the dam and restored the original flow of water from the head of Cedar Creek to the Thames River. Environmental benefits of the project include improved flood reduction and water quality for the Thames River watershed and the introduction of new diverse vegetation and wildlife habitat.


Donna Kemp | Strategic Communication & Engagement
519.539.9800, ext. 3158 |

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