Invasive Phragmites Control Operations

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Invasive Phragmites Control Operations

Owen Sound, Ontario
Friday, July 31, 2020

Work to remove the invasive Phragmites reed grass is set to start on Monday August 3rd between Kelso Beach Park and the 4th Avenue West Bridge on the Pottawatomi River.  Members of the public are asked to avoid the work zones between August 3 and 7 to ensure the safety of park users and staff during this time. 


Beginning in 2016 staff from the City’s Parks and Open Space Division have worked to successfully reduce invasive Phragmites reed grass along the shore at Kelso Beach Park in areas that could be reached from land or shallow waters.  The control of Phragmites is identified as a high priority in the Kelso Beach Master Plan. 







The work has had a positive impact on the environment and on the usability of the space. In 2019, the program included a trial using the Invasive Phragmites Control Centre (IPCC). The results of the pilot were very positive and IPCC will be undertaking this work again in 2020.  

The mechanical control measures will cut Phragmites below the water line, eliminating the plant’s ability to photosynthesize.  Staff from the IPCC anticipate an 80% to 100% reduction in density within the trial area.


For more information, please contact Adam Parsons at 519-376-1440 ext. 1221 or email


Quotes:  Mayor Boddy said he is supportive of this positive environmental initiative noting “this work along our waterfront has made a significant impact on the ability of the public to use and enjoy the waterfront for swimming, fishing and other recreation activities.  It is the water that draws people to Owen Sound!”



Quick Facts:

§  Phragmites Control Measures started in 2016 at Kelso Beach Park.

§  A trial program partnering with the IPCC to use amphibious equipment was implemented 2019.

§  Following the success of the 2019 trail, the IPCC is returning for five days of work on the Pottawatomi River between Kelso Beach Park and the 4th Avenue West Bridge from August 3-7, 2020.





Adam Parsons

Manager of Parks and Open Space

519-376-1440 x 1221

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