Stormwater pond cleaning starts August 19

Work helps prevent flooding and reduces pollution

Guelph, Ont., August 13, 2019—The City is working to clean seven stormwater management ponds throughout Guelph this year as part of regular maintenance. This work starts August 19 and each pond takes about two to three weeks to clean.

Stormwater ponds at the following locations are being cleaned this year:

  • Behind 345 Southgate Drive
  • On the north side of Kortright Road West between Scottsdale Drive and Edinburgh Road South
  • Behind 35 and 37 Somerset Glen
  • On the west side of Ptarmigan Road near Trendell Lane
  • Behind 56 Hazelwood Drive
  • Near the intersection of Carrington Place and Edinburgh Road South
  • Directly east of 177 Watson Road North

View these ponds on a map.

While the work is being done, the following trail sections will be closed:

  • Hanlon Industrial Park Trail behind the north side of Southgate Drive
  • Southcreek Trail behind Somerset Glen
  • Kortright Trail from Hazelwood Drive to the pond access road
  • Watson Creek Trail behind Creekside Drive.

What to expect

Vehicles and machines will be on site during cleaning. Some noise should be expected during working hours (Monday–Friday, 7 a.m.–7 p.m.).

Cleaning involves removing sediment and some plants from the ponds. Plants play an important role in stormwater management, and only invasive species or plants that interfere with how the pond works are removed.

An aquatic biologist will identify and collect wildlife living in the ponds before work starts. Wildlife will be rehomed in a suitable habitat within Guelph.

Why we do this work

Stormwater management ponds help prevent floods and reduce pollution in Guelph’s rivers and waterways. Ponds collect rainwater and melted snow runoff from roofs, roads, driveways and lawns. The City does regular maintenance of stormwater management ponds on a rotating basis to make sure they work properly.

The City appreciates your patience, understanding and co-operation during this important work. Any updates about this project will be posted on

City services

There will be no interruption to any City services during maintenance work. All work takes place on City property.

For more information

Arun Hindupur, Supervisor, Infrastructure Engineering
Engineering Services, Engineering and Capital Infrastructure Services
519-822-1260 extension 2282

Mario Martinez, Engineering Technologist II
Engineering Services, Engineering and Capital Infrastructure Services
519-822-1260 extension 2671